My daughter, Sofie, wants to be an artist when she grows up. While she mostly draws or paints, I like exposing her to new mediums to get her creative juices flowing in a different way. Arttero’s Eco Art Kits are a great way to encourage that — they offer 11 kits with a variety of materials and open-ended projects to spark young creative minds.
*Scroll down to enter the giveaway. Use coupon code EM20 for a 20% discount off your order before November 15!
Making Art Eco-Friendly
When we received their Creativity Kit (Sofie’s choice) and perused their website, I was kind of blown away by the level of sustainability and social conscience behind Artterro.
- Ethically sourced, natural materials including wool felt, recycled paper, glass beads, wood bangles, U.S.-made copper wire and non-toxic paints.
- The handmade recycled paper is composed entirely of scraps from the garment industry and is processed pollution free!
- Corn-based, biodegradable plastic bead bags.
- Minimal packaging with 100% post-consumer recycled cardboard that can be repurposed. The box can become a birdhouse or mailbox; the inner tray can double as a shadowbox frame for your child’s art afterwards.
- They print and manufacture their products with green companies that use vegetable-based inks, renewable energy and innovative environmental practices.
- Kits are assembled by hand in Madison, Wisconsin.
- Company supports local teens in a mentoring program that teaches them about sustainable business.
Engaging Kids’ Imagination
The kits are open-ended opportunities for children to dream up unique creations. Presented with an array of natural materials, kids are encouraged to explore each item, solve problems and construct anything they can dream up. Such endless possibility is a welcome antidote to the structured school day where kids are often prodded into the single “correct” way to do something.
Sofie and I spent an afternoon making bookmarks and a holiday ornament. We incorporated some craft leftovers I had around the house: feathers, more beads, twine. I really liked Artterro’s materials. They’re beautiful, tactile and odorless — I’m always hyper aware of fumes — and they were not cheaply disposable or plastic like many art supplies can be.
My daughter was completely engrossed in the activity. As a perfectionist, she sometimes gets frustrated by a project that isn’t going exactly how she likes. And while some of that did come up for Sofie, this time she persisted in sewing thread through the wool felt pieces and bending the copper wire to accommodate her design. In the end, she was very proud of her creations — she even took the ornament in for share time at school.
Started in 2008 by artist mompreneurs, Forrest Espinoza and Jennifer Conn, Artterro is about fun, affordable and sustainable ways to get creative with family and friends. Each Artterro kit is unique, and there are 11 to choose from including Art Dolls, Bookmaking, Collage Jewelry, Bubble Wands, Wire and Bead and more.
Overall, Sofie and I spent an enjoyable afternoon engaging our creative right brains with beautiful, natural materials. Eco Art Kits are a unique and sustainable option for fueling kids’ creativity. Check out Artterro’s Pinterest boards for project ideas and inspiration.
Artterro Giveaway and a Discount for YOU!
These kits make ideal gifts, and Artterro wants you to have one! Enter the giveaway below for the chance to win an Eco Art Kit of your choice. Then stock up on kits for rainy days or birthday parties. *Eco-Mothering readers can also take advantage of this discount: 20% off your purchase through November 15! Use coupon code EM20 at checkout.
Giveaway open to U.S. residents only. Deadline: October 31, 2014.