Dos and don’ts for safe arts and crafts


(NC) As summer begins to quietly fade away, you reluctantly accept that there will be more time spent indoors. You scratch your head, wondering what will keep the kids entertained this fall. Why not try some arts and crafts?

If that suggestion gets the gang excited, here are a few dos and don’ts to keep in mind:

Do:

  • Keep arts and crafts materials in their original containers. You'll be able to read label instructions and emergency advice.
  • Use boric acid-free recipes to make slime and playdough/modelling clay.
  • Follow safety instructions on any labels carefully.
  • Work in an area where the air circulates well. If weather permits, work outside, open a window or use a fan.
  • Use protective equipment if necessary. This might include safety glasses to protect your eyes from splashes or small objects; gloves to protect your hands; masks to prevent breathing in dust; and any other equipment recommended in product instructions.
  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds after you finish working. And if necessary, wash your clothes too.
  • Store arts and crafts materials carefully, out of the sight and reach of children.
  • Dispose of materials carefully. Read the label or contact your municipal waste facility for information on safe disposal.

Don’ts

  • Don’t use recipes that call for boric acid when making children's arts and crafts at home, like slimes and playdough/modelling clay. Be sure to research alternative recipes.
  • Don’t leave your contact lenses in when you work. They can trap dust or splashed liquids, which could damage your eyes. Use your prescription glasses instead.
  • Don’t eat or drink while you’re working. Keep materials away from food and drink. You will reduce the risk of swallowing dangerous materials by mistake.

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