I have a 3-year-old son who loves to paint. I bought him some Crayola water paints and he’ll sit for a whole 10 minutes (believe me, in our house that’s a long time for him to stay in one place) and paint. Then he’ll get up and leave…and my 1 year old twins will promptly head over and start eating the paints if I don’t catch them first.
I know the paints are non-toxic and that they won’t hurt the kids. I know that the paper I give my son to paint on is easily composted and won’t hurt anything. But I was still interested when I stumbled across GLOB Natural Paints.
According the the Glob website: “You may have noticed that arts and crafts products do not list ingredients. Consumers rely upon “non toxic” certification, believing that their art materials have undergone sufficient testing to ensure the products they use are safe….Arts and crafts paints are exempt from consumer paint lead laws, and often contain lead, cadmium, and host of toxic ingredients like formaldehyde (a carcinogen), one of the most common paint preservatives.”
Now I’ll be honest, I haven’t done any research to see if Crayola is really non-toxic or if the paints contain lead or other toxic ingredients. I like that Glob paints were developed first and foremost with safety and sustainability in mind. The paints are made from are made from fruits, vegetables, flowers and spices with natural food-grade ingredients and organic extracts, and are totally biodegradable and non-toxic. Good stuff, right?
Then I went to see how much a set would cost.
This paint set is similar to water color paints, and you just add water. You can also use it to make homemade colored play dough. The price? $24.
This art pad has 75 sheets, is made from 100% post-consumer waste, recycled paper and the inks and glues are vegetable based. The price is $12.
I really, really love the idea of Glob, but I just don’t think I’d be willing to shell out almost 40 bucks for the products for my son to play with and my twins to eat. Now if I was using the materials myself to create my own paintings? Absolutely I think it would be worth it! But for the kids? I think I might stick to Crayola.
What do you think?