I’m always hesistant to let them paint (their favorite thing!) not just because of the mess, but because of the ingredients in the so-called non-toxic commercial paints marketed to kids.
When one mom, Leah Mebane of Oregon, called a commercial children’s paint company to inquire about the ingredients, they told her she would have to ask her physician to “call poison control and try to find out through them.”
Really? Poison control? For a kids’ product? That is beyond shady. Because of that phone call, Leah, an artist herself, was inspired to create Earth Paints, which are are not made from petro-chemicals, contain no toxins, and do not off-gas as they dry. They are made from naturally colored clay from the earth – what could be more natural?
I was so excited to try out Earth Paints with my kids. We got a set of 6 colors – red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and brick. Since they’re made from clay, you mix them together 1:1 with water. They’re not just washable — they’re 100% water soluble which makes clean up SUPER-easy.
The final products — can you tell that I have one intensely fine-motor kid (the pic on the left) and one intensely gross-motor kid (on the right)? Oh, and the pic in the middle is mine; I was trying to help the kids paint making leaf outlines, but that was more fun for me. . .
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