art supplies dangerous????

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 9:31am
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Does anyone know of any art supplies (paint, play dough, or clay)that contain peanuts, tree nuts and or sesame seeds? Thank you,

Posted on: Thu, 08/28/2003 - 12:29pm
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I've read and heard about this. But I've never run across any art supply with any type of nut product. The art teacher at our school checks her supplies annually and has never found anything. She checked oil pastels, which seem to be candidates for nut oils, and never found any in them either.
If any one [i]has[/i] found a particular art product, please list it along with the brand. I'd be interesting in learning specifics. Thank you.

Posted on: Fri, 08/29/2003 - 1:05am
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I've been trying to find these too. I have found a lot of craft type projects that involve seeds, nut shells, etc in the materials. And I haven't decided how I feel about cross-contamination of art supplies. For example, the glue used to stick the shells together may be used for another project. Some teachers give each child glue, others dole out portions so the glue left in the container shouldn't be cross-contaminated. But there's no way to tell which is which?

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2006 - 8:56am
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Quote:Originally posted by tando:
[b]I've been trying to find these too. I have found a lot of craft type projects that involve seeds, nut shells, etc in the materials. And I haven't decided how I feel about cross-contamination of art supplies. For example, the glue used to stick the shells together may be used for another project. Some teachers give each child glue, others dole out portions so the glue left in the container shouldn't be cross-contaminated. But there's no way to tell which is which?[/b]

Posted on: Thu, 08/03/2006 - 8:58am
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Has anyone used Magic Mud Clay at 1-888-266-3094? My daughter's preschool is going to use it, but I could not reach them.
Thanks
Lingling

Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2006 - 4:54am
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Raising with preschool starting soon...My ds#2's preschool teacher asked me about this today. She wanted to know if any paints or fingerpaints would be unsafe.
Like many of you, while I have heard this is a 'concern', I have never run across a paint or other standard art supply containing peanuts or treenuts. I told her to avoid birdseed. I checked the ingredients on the handsoap.
The only issue I've come up with is that they ask parent volunteers to make homemade playdoh. I am hoping I am the only volunteer so I know it's not contaminated!!!
Luvmyboys

Posted on: Thu, 08/24/2006 - 5:12am
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[b]Home made play-dough recipes can be based on PEANUT BUTTER.... better say something [i]WELL[/i] ahead of time!![/b]
I will also add that while standard art supplies rarely, if ever, pose much risk as far as PA/TNA, the same absolutely cannot be said for soy, wheat, egg, or milk allergies. (In that order.) Watch out for fish/shellfish allergies as well... certain glues/sizing can be derived from those sources.
The bigger concern is [i]recycled materials[/i] which are SOOOOO commonly used in art classes. This is a big trend in art instruction right now, because the materials (obviously) are pretty much free. And your average teacher just doesn't think about it until they pull out the yoghurt containers to do a project.... (freaking out the MA child who is now afraid to do the project...) "Natural materials" are also a big problem (as someone else mentioned).
We've run into this quite a few times.

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