When it comes time to get artsy, your Little One might still be taking the craft items for a

taste test. Before you panic, check out these fantastic resources to help you start gathering an eco-friendly supply of super safe goodies for the art cabinet.  Let’s start with Max’s Mud. Mom-Made right here in Seattle from 100% organic rice flour, this kid-friendly product is non-toxic, vegan, and free of gluten, wheat, corn, soy and even fragrance—top priority for kiddos with allergies.  The dough is 100% compostable and packaged in a reusable & recyclable container, available locally at Planet Happy Toys.

Eco-Kids provides a line of art supplies that aims to raise awareness about our planet, using safe, natural ingredients. From the colorful fruit, plant and vegetable extracts used in their signature product eco-dough, to the recycled pages of the art and drawing pads,  this parent-owned company aims to bring more natural and safe elements to your arts and crafts. Eco-dough is available locally at Once Upon A Time on Queen Anne.

Stubby Pencil Studio offers a wide variety of eco-friendly art supplies that are healthy for children and the environment, including the oh-so-important non toxic crayons made from soy – not petroleum. Their sketchbooks and journals are crafted from 100% post-consumer recycled paper, and the namesake pencils made from sustainably harvested wood and recycled newspapers. We hope the budding artists in your life will enjoy these quality and creative products and let you breathe a little easier when kiddos take that inevitable nibble.

—Matina Fresenius