If you are a homeschool preschool family, then you know there are just some items you can’t live without in your classroom. Did you know there are eco-friendly versions of those must haves that are both safe for the environment and safer for your preschoolers? The following are some of our must have items we use in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool.
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We love to use homemade paints or Eco Kids Finger paints. Both are non-toxic and eco-friendly.
There are so many benefits for our littles through the art of painting. Painting enhances creativity when children are encouraged to free paint, improves fine motor skills and can provide a great sensory experience when finger painting. Painting is a lovely precursor to writing and a wonderful outlet for those who love painting.
We love to make our playdough right at home. Ecodough is our dough of choice if we choose to use already made products. Play dough is great for sensory and building hand strength. Children build fine motor skills and boost their creativity with the use of play dough.
If you have a little artist like mine, then you know crayons are an essential item to have readily available. Crayons are a great tool to allow for creativity and boost fine motor skills. We love crayons made from Beeswax. They are eco-friendly and safe for little ones.
4. Non-Toxic Glue
Glue is another must have item. We use glue often when we are creating art projects and our occasional craft. Glueing items is another way to help improve fine motor skills. If you use liquid glue, it’s also a great way to teach children about the less is more concept. Most kid friendly glue is non-toxic or at least we would hope, however, there are some eco-friendly kinds out there as well.
The skill of using pencils is so important for our little writers. Pencils come in different sizes for different grips. Pencil use helps children to gain fine motor and eye-hand coordination skills as well as fine tune their pencil grip. There are eco-friendly pencils options available. Check out Sprouts which can be later planted and grown into a plant.
These are some of our must haves we use almost on a daily basis in our eco-friendly homeschool preschool. I’m always looking into trying different brands to see which options work best.
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I’m Melissa Dow, M.ED. I am a wife, mama of 2 and a bonus mama of 1. A former public school educator with 7 years of experience in both special education and general education who is on a new journey to help parents guide their children to uncover their true passions in order to find their life purpose. I love spending time out in nature whether hiking, running, camping, canoeing or just playing in our backyard (aka our outdoor classroom). I also enjoy reading, learning new things, organic gardening and creating our a simple life.