November 27, 2015
Creating opportunities for self-expression through art is a great way to encourage brain development at every stage of a child’s life. As a parent it can be difficult to find child-friendly art supplies to facilitate this development, and it is always a worry that quality comes at the cost of toxic-ingredients. Greener Giving is about providing natural alternatives without sacrificing quality, and today’s gifts for kids post is no different.
For the littlest ones, the best natural art supplies are going to come from Eco-Kids, a family-run business that started at home. Despite growth and expansion across the country, Eco-Kids owners Kip and Cammie have kept to their motto, “creative play the natural way.” They continue to use organic, non-toxic ingredients and produce only within the US. The quality of their products has been recognized by many a magazine and news source, and they were finalists in the 2014 Martha Stewart American Made Crafts competition.
Playing with Eco-Kids Eco-Dough is as natural as playing in a vegetable patch, just check out the ingredients list!
These crayons are uniquely shaped to resemble sea rocks and they’re made from natural waxes and mineral pigments. http://shop.ecokidsusa.com/product/eco-crayons
Their powder-based eco-finger paint can be used with brushes, too. When the kids are painting with purple they’re using pigments from purple sweet potatoes and if they’re coloring the sky blue, it’s the blue of a gardenia!
Finally, when the kids are expressing themselves, best to have a designated surface for it. Otherwise you may end up with a mural you weren’t expecting. Eco-Kids Eco-Art Pad is made of FSC certified paper and carries the Rainforest Alliance seal, as well.
The best gifts for kids are the gifts they will use to expand their knowledge and develop their talents. We all have a little artist in us, so stuff a stocking with some tools from Eco-Kids and create a the foundations for the next Monet!
Photo Credit: Eco Kids