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Issue 12, Aug 5, 2000
Arts, Crafts, and Paper Fun

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Minute Amounts of Asbestos Found in Some Crayons

Earlier this summer (June 2000) the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced that a trace amount of asbestos has been found in two Crayola crayons by Binney and Smith and one Prang crayon made by Dixon Ticonderoga. The amount found is scientifically insignificant. They also found larger amounts of another fiber which looks much like asbestos fibers.

While there are concerns about children being exposed to these fibers, the CPSC concluded that the risk is extremely low and does not warrant a recall.

The main ways a child would be exposed to the fibers is by breathing them in or eating the crayons. In a simulation of a child coloring busily for half an hour, no fibers were found in the air, so the CPSC feels that air-borne fibers are not a risk. The risk from eating the crayons would also be low, as the fibers are imbedded in wax, and would pass through the child's body.

Despite this low risk assessment, CPSC has asked the industry to use different ingredients to manufacture the crayons. Both companies volunteered to change their formula within a year.

Crayons currently in use and in the stores are considered safe.

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CPSC Releases Test Results on Crayons Industry to Reformulate

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TIPS AND TIDBITS
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Art Ideas for One Year Olds

Most of these will be fun for older children, too.

*Give your child a small memo book along with a small box of crayons or colored pencils. She'll enjoy having her own book to write in, and it will give her something to do when you're traveling or visiting.

*Empty rolls from toilet paper and paper towels can be the start of simple art projects. For example, let your child color and decorate the rolls, then cut them into different size pieces and string together with heavy yarn to make a decoration.

*Trace your child's hands and feet on a piece of paper and then let him color and decorate them with stickers. Do this from time to time, so the two of you can see how fast he's growing!

*If you have a big enough piece of paper, trace your child's entire body. She'll enjoy drawing on her clothes and coloring her hair.

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Art Supplies Safety Tips

Arts and crafts are fun, but they can be dangerous, too! And remember, children have small bodies, so it takes less of something to hurt them. Here are some tips to make creative activities safer for your children:

*Supplies meant for young children (sixth grade and under), you should only buy products which have the statement "Conforms to ASTM D-4236." (This is a US labeling regulation. I don't know if it applies to products manufactured in the US that are sold outside of the country.)

*Be sure there is proper ventilation when your child is working with craft materials. Just opening a door or window is not enough; you should also turn on a fan. The best place to work is outdoors.

*Don't use powdered items, such as powdered clay or powdered tempera paints. These substances have small particles that are easy to breath in and may be toxic. Use liquid tempera paint and talc-free, premixed clay.

*Other items that create potentially-toxic dust and should be avoided are instant paper maches, pastels, chalks and dry markers. Use oil pastels, crayons or dustless chalks; make your own paper mache from black and white newspapers and white paste.

*Avoid ceramic glazes, copper enamels, and permanent felt tip markers. Use water-based paints and water-based markers instead.

*Don't use cold water or other chemical-based commercial dyes. Use vegetable and plant dyes.

*Avoid solvents and solvent-containing materials such as turpentine, toluene, rubber cement, solvent-based inks, and alkyd paints. Also stay away from any solvent-based adhesives, including instant glue and airplane glue. Only use water-based products. For glue, use water-based white glue or library paste.

*Don't use aerosol sprays. Use water-based paints with brushes or splatter techniques.

*Always be sure to clean all work surfaces thoroughly when your child has finished. And make sure he washes his hands and any other skin areas that have been exposed.


Information compiled from:
Law Requires Review and Labeling of Art Materials Including Children's Art and Drawing Products
Safety in the Arts
Keeping Kids Safe

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Arts and Crafts Web Sites for Kids

KidsArt - art education for school and home
http://www.kidsart.com/

KidsArt prints and sells the KidsArt booklets, and you can learn more about these booklets on their site. You can also buy the booklets and other art supplies.

Their Quick Art section gives a selection of art activities for preschoolers to Junior High. Projects include the great broccoli forest, scratch art, graham cracker cabin, and painted paper shapes. You'll also find a gallery of art by kids, and a selection of games.

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Kid's Spirit Coloring Pages
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These are pages to print out and color offline. Topics include funny bugs, Bible (word search and cross word puzzles, not coloring). vegetable friends, 101 Dalmations, Barney, flower animals, Disney, Halloween, dinosaurs, Blue's Clues, Barbie, Rugrats and lots lots more!

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Glamorous Movie Stars of the 1950s Paper Dolls
by Tom Tierney

This set has 8 movie star dolls, including Elizabeth Taylor, Debby Reynolds, Susan Hayward and Doris Day. Each doll has four outfits from four different movies (one outfit that the doll wears, plus three others.)

I bought these paper dolls for my granddaughter Olivia a few weeks ago and she loves them. While cutting out the dolls and clothes, I told her about the actresses and the movies. They are all dressed and set up (along with several other paper dolls) on a low shelf in my living room.

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Alex's Paper Airplanes
http://www.paperairplanes.co.uk/

I recommend this site for anyone who likes to fiddle around with paper airplanes. He's got them divided into gliders, quick fliers, unusual paper airplanes, and favorites; or you can look at them all, grouped into easy, medium and hard to make.

For each design you get a line drawing and a brief description. When you click on one of the links, you get a page with detailed illustrated instructions.

I printed out the instructions for Nick's Plane. This is supposed to be easy-to-do and it was. It also flies well, and Olivia had fun flying it around the house and off the balcony. Next week we might go get the design for the helicopter.

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