Toxic Chemicals In Children’s Face Paint

 Filed under: Safety, Crafts, Activity — webmaster @ Mar 5th, 2009

Face painting is a popular activity that children enjoy. Health Canada has tested some of these paints and found that they contain levels of toxic substances that exceed the acceptable levels.

Examples of substances found in these paints include lead, arsenic, mercury, cadmium and antimony. These substances can cause problems with the brain, kidneys, nervous, immune and reproductive systems.

You can find out more by reading this articles from Toxic Nation that covers the issue of heavy metals in face paint.

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 Get Ready For Halloween

 Filed under: Event, Crafts — webmaster @ Oct 15th, 2007

Useful Information When Preparing For Halloween

Photography: Halloween Pumpkins

The Canadian Government has put together a series of Halloween Safety Tips that can be downloaded as a pdf file, a Halloween Puzzles file and a series of tips on Food Safety During Halloween.

For a quick overview of all things related to Halloween check out this handy list of 101 Halloween Tips.

If you take your pumpkin carving seriously then you need to check out the Extreme Pumpkin Carving website for some ideas and how-to advice.

Need Pumkin Carving Templates? EHow has a few Downloadable Pumpkin Carving Templates.

Finally, if you still haven’t found a suitable costume, are looking for ideas or need some Halloween Party Supplies, check out our page showing retailers with extensive Halloween Supplies.

 Make Almost Anything Out of Paper

 Filed under: Crafts — webmaster @ Sep 14th, 2007

A collection of fun paper folding models.

Photography: Paper Folding

If you are looking for a quick easy to do craft project to share with your kids here’s a website that specializes in folded paper toys. (Note: Craft requires precise cutting with scissors so, depending on your child’s age, may require some adult involvement.)

The site is great. It lists dozens of models that come on ready to use pages you print from the site. All you have to do is cut along the preprinted lines and fold as directed. The model can be colored before assembly as well.

Some examples of paper models you can make:

  • Tyrannosaurus Rex
  • Neuschwanstein Castle (the model for the Disney Castle)
  • Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre
  • Cartoon Car
  • Space Shuttle
  • Statue of Liberty
  • The Great Pyramid
  • The Empire State Building
  • A Paper Doll
  • Mount Rushmore

To see all the models go to the Paper Toys website.