Peanut products in art supplies?

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 8:58am
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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

Posted on: Wed, 09/06/2000 - 12:08pm
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Birdseed is often used in crafts and or as a play medium. Often has nut fragments.

Posted on: Tue, 05/20/2003 - 4:04am
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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]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/eek.gif[/img]

Posted on: Wed, 05/28/2003 - 4:26pm
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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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Posted on: Thu, 07/31/2003 - 7:26am
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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?
T.

Posted on: Thu, 07/31/2003 - 5:20pm
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Tando,
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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Posted on: Sun, 08/03/2003 - 9:04pm
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BigSis,
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.)

Posted on: Sun, 08/03/2003 - 11:52pm
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If I recall correctly, it is oil pastels that often contain peanut oil.

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 2:27am
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Thanks, ryan's mom and Tracey! Great suggestions.
T.

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 9:55am
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If oil pastels are needed, check on Cray-pas by Sakura. [img]http://uumor.pair.com/nutalle2/peanutallergy/smile.gif[/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.
-Sue

Posted on: Mon, 08/04/2003 - 11:27pm
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Appreciate your suggestions Sue and Gary.
Thanks for lowering my stress level a bit!
T.

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