Peanut products in art supplies?


I have read that there is a possibility that art supplies in schools may have peanut products in them. Does anyone know of any specific art supplies containing peanuts or peanut oils? It would help if we knew what to look for. Thanks

On Sep 6, 2000

Birdseed is often used in crafts and or as a play medium. Often has nut fragments.

On May 20, 2003

On the Main board under the post "Unusual or Unexpected Sources of Peanuts", scented markers/crayons were listed as an unexpected source.

Can someone tell me the source of the research? Are there certain brands of scented markers to avoid? Or all?

Scented markers are used extensively in the Kindergarten class that we'll be attending next year. We are meeting shortly to discuss our 504 w/the school, and I want to inform them on this issue. I'm sure they will be surprised [img][/img]

By Chris D on Oct 22, 2014

I'm not sure what is in MR. Sketch markers, but my son has a severe peanut allergy & for whatever reason he had swollen eyes, runny nose & sneezing from their 'movie theater' line (he is also allergic to cow milk) yes I was at a point of wondering if I needed to use epi pen. I'm going to call & find out again what might be hidden in these markers!!

On May 28, 2003

We contacted Sanford Corporation (subsidiary of Newell Rubbermaid), the makers of the Mr. Sketch scented markers.

Rec'd a written response yesterday from Consumer Affairs that stated "...The Sanford Mr. Sketch line of markers contain no allergens. Nor do they contain peanut or peanut based products."

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On Jul 31, 2003

Did anyone find markers or crayons with peanut or peanut oil? I don't see any information in either thread that says which ones to avoid...

Does anyone know of any additional art supplies (in addition to bird seed and markers/crayons) to avoid?

Or is the art concern more about the types of projects (such as the dreaded pinecone and peanutbutter bird feeder).

Nutternomore -- did you do further research?


On Aug 1, 2003


Since we're playing catch-up w/the school re:504 and introduction of our son into Kindergarten this fall, we limited our review (for now) to just the items that were on the school's previously approved items that parents needed to supply for school for this fall.

So we only checked out the markers I listed in the prior post, and I think the glue stick to be sure that they didn't contain peanut or nut oils (they didn't). As we get more time, we'll probably research additional art supplies.

We also plan to be proactive in influencing the development of that list for whatever grade our child is planning to enter by referencing that as an accommodation in our son's 504 plan (i.e. ensuring that items selected are nut-free).

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On Aug 4, 2003


Talk to your Art teacher at the school. Our school as a huge binder of all art supplies used and ingredient listing with contact information. I checked over all items used last year in Kindergarten in the Art room and got the contact info for items (modeling clay, various types of paints, markers) I wasn't sure about. The teacher set aside a box of new markers, crayons, modeling dough (last year's leftovers could have peanut residue from kids that worked with it after lunch or snack) just for Ryan. We took all the items home for him to work with just to make sure and/or after I called on some of the products.

Other craft projects involving birdseed or things with possible peanut contamination we switched to brown sugar, brown rice, sprinkles, etc. It worked out well last year since we had such a caring and concerned Art teacher. (We used freezer paper to cover his work area as well everytime he came in for class. The waxy side is nice because it doesn't slip on smooth surfaces.)

On Aug 4, 2003

If I recall correctly, it is oil pastels that often contain peanut oil.

On Aug 4, 2003

Thanks, ryan's mom and Tracey! Great suggestions.


On Aug 4, 2003

If oil pastels are needed, check on Cray-pas by Sakura. [img][/img]

I asked about ingredients -- not about all possible scenarios of cross-contamination prior to the oil becoming part of the pastel -- but I was comfortable with the call I received back from them, which was quite prompt, and very pleasant.

I am not being sarcastic in any way about the cross-contamination issue, by the way. If I'm dealing with food product, I do ask that sort of question! Just felt good about the conversation, as the representative was aware of the allergy issue from a friend's experience.

We should have the pastels by next week. If we have any problems, I'll dig up this thread and repost.


On Aug 5, 2003

Appreciate your suggestions Sue and Gary. Thanks for lowering my stress level a bit!


On Aug 7, 2003

If your school doesn't have an art teacher then go through the purchasing department clerk.

they keep a list of all ingredients in all school and cleaning supplies purchased through the district.

We had an issue with almond hand soap that is used in the dispeners at our school the purchasing department was able to give us the contact info. and my husband actually spoke to the chemist who worked on manufacturing the soap (all artificial).


By on Oct 30, 2014

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Hi there! Unfortunately, peanuts pop up in many places, as you probably already know. To further complicate the issue, there is great controversy over products derived from peanuts or peanut oil. How much can someone with an allergy tolerate of these products? The answer varies widely depending on how severe the allergy is. However, it is probably a good idea to avoid them altogether.

There are different answers as to whether peanut products appear in art supplies. A common fear is that peanut oil or arachidonic acid, derived from peanut oil, will appear in unexpected places such as paint. This community post deals with your question of whether art supplies are safe. Also, this community post has a list of safe and unsafe ingredients.

These ingredients can appear in places completely unrelated to food such as art supplies. It is a good idea to know some unconventional products that may contain peanuts or peanut products. This community post may help you.

An important thing to keep in mind is that peanuts or peanut products may appear in arts and crafts that are done at school. For example, oftentimes peanut butter will be used on pine cones and seeds will be rolled onto the outside. Make sure you find out if this or something similar is happening at your school.

If school administrators or teachers are not understanding, consult this article about how to deal with naysayers and this one discussing 504 plans, which may be of great help to you and your family. It will ensure that school activities being performed are safe for a child with allergies.

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By cdnsmith on Nov 3, 2014 what are the paints that are not safe for Pn allergy???