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Kids: Crayon Rocks, Eco-Paint, & Snack Taxi from Nubius Organics

Green Gifts for Kids!

Eco-Kids Fingerpaint Tube ($19.95 US) Description: Made with all natural ingredients including plant, fruit, and vegetable extracts. Yields about 30 ozs. of paint. Even the packaging tube is made from post consumer waste and the containers inside are made from cornstarch and 100% compostable. Now that's eco-friendly!

Crayon Rocks ($5 US) Description: Crayon Rocks have vibrant colors and make beautifully textured art work. All natural soy wax crayons made from USA grown soybeans and colored with natural mineral powders. Designed to develop fine motor skills, preparing fingers and hands for handwriting. The shape allows small fingers to color in large, wide strokes creating pictures rich in color. Contains 8 crayon rocks in a drawstring bag.

Snack Taxi Reusable Bag ($8.95 US) Description: Available in a wonderful array of colors and patterns, perfect for any age. Say good bye to plastic bags and wraps. These sacks are a fabulous accompaniment to your no waste lunch! Made in the US (this mom-owned business is based in Massachusetts and relies on a core group of talented local seamstresses!) snackTAXIs are lined with coated nylon, and can be machine washed and dried, or simply wiped clean with a damp sponge.
The sandwich-sack is the perfect fit for a generous sandwich, bagel or wrap, or a hearty snack! Dimensions: 7.5" W x 6" H.

If your children enjoys art as much as mine do, I've found some wonderful green products for you! Nubius Organics is a website that specializes in eco-friendly goods and for our review, the great staff over there sent us the following products (all of which my children were very excited to get their hands on)!

Eco-kids is a mom-owned business that produces natural children's art products, including eco-paint. Eco-paint ingredients read like a recipe, not an art product: flour, cornstarch, seaweed, organic fruit, beets, spinach, paprika, carrots, purple sweet potato, red cabbage, and blueberries. Right off the bat, this made me feel much more comfortable in their non-toxic status versus some random fingerpaint off the shelf with no disclosed ingredients (and that silly little safety emblem that is somehow supposed to reassure me and instill instant trust in an unknown product). I spooned 2 tablespoons of each powder color into matching color bowls (first years #5 plastic, non-leaching and reusable snack bowls with lids) and then added 2 tablespoons of water to each as well. This made a perfect consistency fingerpaint! The colors remain vibrant on their little fingers and on the paper. I was worried about staining so I had them paint without any on....turns out that it washes very easily off of skin without staining! It dries to a paste finish, still vibrant.

The crayon rocks were a huge hit in our household too! They are perfect for little hands, BUT make sure that your child is completely over putting things in their mouth as these are definitely a choking hazard. They seemed to write just as well as normal crayons, but with the added creativeness of their rock design, our children spent more time coloring with them than normal crayons! The wax is made from 100% US-based soybeans and mineral pigments, so they are a lot more eco-friendly than most others even though they look and work the same.

Last but not least, make an artsy day of it by packing your child a snack to take to their art more disposable baggies needed! Why is that? Because the Snack Taxi is fabric version of a sandwich bag and it can be machine washed and dried over and over again. Our kids love these reusable bags for their snack time, it's fun for them to choose what color and pattern they want eat day and empowering kids to make small decisions in their early years really helps to boost their self-confidence throughout life. The Snack Taxi has an adjustable velcro closure that allows you to tighten it to fit the snack of choice. Definitely an item that every person should have a few of!

Thank you to Nubius Organics, your customer service was FABULOUS and we really dig your selection of green goodies, too!!