Friday, May 30, 2008

Gluten-Free School Supplies

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
Crayola Pip-Squeaks Skinnies Markers
Crayola Washable Markers (all kinds)

Prang (all pencils, crayons)


RoseArt Crayons (all kinds)
RoseArt Chalk
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!)
Silly Putty
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
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
Sunflower Seeds
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
Prism Pearls

Prismatone Tempera
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)
Moon Sand

Soaps & Personal Care Items:

Band-Aid Bandages (all kinds, including character, clear, flexible, etc)
Dishwasher Soap
Savonnerie (all)
Purell hand sanitizer
Softsoap (all kinds)


brand is gluten free
Smile Makers brand (Staples and Smile Makers online)


3M Brand (tapes/office products do not contain gluten, nor casein)

Post-It Notes
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.


Lara said...

Thank you so much for compiling this list. Please know that Mrs. Grossman's Sticker are also gluten-free as well as latex-free. You can find them at local and national stores, as well as at

Thank you!

-Lara Starr
Marketing Director
Mrs. Grossman's

Acraigga said...

I work at Discount School Supply and have a list of Gluten Free products available in our catalog ranging from Paints, Markers, Crayons & Glues. Please feel free to contact me directly and I will be happy to email the list.
Thank you,
Allison Craig
Discount School Supply

Thomas Dzomba said...

Hi Bec!

I just discovered your blog, and can't wait to read more!

Thank you for compiling this list. I am in the middle of posting a 3-part series on the GFCF diet in school and put a link to your list so my readers can find your great imformation.

Thomas said...

Thanks for your list - I just posted a link to your blog on my blog, a special needs resource directory. I appreciate you sharing your hard work and life experiences with other parents.
- Anara

Ms. Ashley said...

Thanks for your great list. I'm a kinder teacher with a new student coming in who has Celiacs. This was so helpful! If you can point me to any other teacher resources, I'd appreciate it. I want the class to be as safe as possible.

annie b said...

YOU ROCK!! My son has a severe allergy to wheat (hives everywhere!) and we are about to start preschool. SO excited to be able to forward this list of products to his school. :))

Mark Stryker said...


Thank you for compiling this list. I wanted to let you know that I work for a Canadian manufacturer of artists’ paints called Colors of Nature. We make a certified vegan and cruelty-free watercolor paint. Our paints are gluten free and are certified by ACMI with the AP Seal to indicate that we are non-toxic and safe for kids to use. Besides being non-toxic we use natural ingredients making our paints safe for everyone to use.

Thanks again for helping to inform and educate consumers about their choices.

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