Monday, September 12, 2011

Most Crayola and Elmer's Products Gluten Free

Looking for arts and crafts products for my son to use at his new daycare has been a bit of an ordeal, especially since most non-food products do not contain an ingredient list.  Mot simply indicate whether or not they are non-toxic, and leave it at that. 

So I took to the internet, and checked out the manufacturer websites.  I was frustrated at first at the lack of information available on most sites, but Crayola and Elmer's both had statements regarding the presence of wheat and gluten in their products.

For Crayola's statement, click HERE.  Crayola's products are free from most of the top allergens, including dairy, nuts and eggs.  As for gluten, the site specifically states that Crayola Dough contains wheat and is therefore not gluten free.  However, it does state that other products are gluten free, including the Modeling Clay.  It does not specifically state that ALL other products are safe.  My son's daycare makes their own dough using flour, so now I can bring along an alternative for my son without worry.  We also picked up some of their finger paints. 

Elmer's was also a company with a statement on their FAQ page.  Click HERE to see the page.  Specifically, it states that ALL of Elmer's products are gluten free, WITH THE EXCEPTION OF their finger paints.  So I picked up some school glue as a replacement to the flour based glue at the daycare.

The stress of not only being concerned about what goes in my son's mouth but also what touch es his skin can be tough sometimes.  Not being able to make an informed decision about what I purchase for my child due to a lack of information is frustrating.  I don't expect every brand to be gluten free, but I would at least like to know if the product I want to buy is safe for my child or not. 

Simply by providing me with that information on their websites, Crayola and Elmer's have gained a new, loyal customer.  Wasn't that easy?

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