There are several school/preschool items that may contain gluten. Some people don't worry as gluten is a large protein and might not be absorbed through the skin, but it isn't known for sure. We deal with both celiac and a wheat allergy, so we try to avoid touching it. I am in the process of making up a list for Thane's new school, so I was going through websites for various companies and double-checking, plus there are a bunch that I have already contacted (the stickers being a biggie since Thane loves stickers).
Chalk, Crayons, Markers, and Pencils
Crayola (all products gluten free other than Crayola Dough)
Crayola Crayons (all kinds)
Crayola Anti-dust Chalk Sticks
Crayola Erasable Colored Pencils
Crayola Fabric Markers
Crayola Markers (all kinds)
Crayola Pencils (all kinds)
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies Markers
Crayola Washable Markers (all kinds)
Prang (all pencils, crayons)
RoseArt Crayons (all kinds)
RoseArt Markers (all kinds)
Sanford / Mr. Sketch Scented Markers
Sanford / Mr. Sketch Watercolor Markers
Dough and Modeling Clay:
Colorations Wheat & Gluten-Free Dough (Discount School Supply)
Crayola Model Magic (clay – not the dough!)
Note: Play Doh, Crayola, RoseArt Fun Dough, Ross and Amoco Super Dough are NOT gluten free! RoseArt modeling clay is NOT gluten free.
Glue and Paste
Crayola Glitter Glue
Elmer all products other than Finger Paint are gluten free.
Ross all products other than Finger Paint are gluten free.
Ross Glitter Glue
Ross White Glue
Ross Glue Sticks
Ross School Glue
Blick's Mix Instant Papier Maché
Note: Avoid traditional paste as it has wheat/gluten.
Grains and Pasta for Art & Sensory
Beans – kidney, navy, white, etc.
Peas, black-eyed peas
Rice, white or brown
Note: Avoid oats, barley, rye, wheat berries, or using bird seed.
Pasta (elbows, etc.), DeBola, OrgraN
Rice Pasta (white and brown), Tinkyada, OrgraN
Note: Pretty much all pasta that is not specifically rice, corn, or other non-gluten grain will contain wheat flour and not be safe.
Crayola all paints including finger paint are gluten free.
Dick Blick Tempera
Lakeshore Liquid Tempera and Washable Finger Paints
Palmer Paint Products (all paints)
Palmer Nature' Hues
Palmer Liquid Tempera (contains corn starch)
Palmer Washable Liquid Tempura
Palmer Face Paint
Palmer Glitter Paint
Prang (all paints)
Brand Acrylic Glow in the Dark
Prism Regular Acrylics
Prism Model Paints
Ross (all other than finger paints)
Sargent Art Paints
Note: Elmer's and Ross finger paints is NOT gluten free.
Delta Sand (Discount School Supply)
Soaps & Personal Care Items:
Band-Aid Bandages (all kinds, including character, clear, flexible, etc)
Cascade Dishwasher Soap
Gluten-Free Savonnerie (all)
Purell hand sanitizer
Softsoap (all kinds)
Sandylion brand is gluten free
Smile Makers brand (Staples and Smile Makers online)
3M Brand (tapes/office products do not contain gluten, nor casein)
Scotch Magic Tape
In general, any art or office supplies that have adhesive should be considered to contain gluten unless one finds out otherwise from the company, so no licking envelopes, no stickers adhered skin unless they are on the list above, etc. Always err on the side of caution.
For those concerned about soy exposure, Prang and Dixon/Ticonderoga both have soy crayons that are labeled as such. Christel King has passed along that all the Color Wonder products, all the Crayola colored pencils, the washable markers, all Palmer products, the oil paints, contain soy.