GFCFSF School Supplies


Pre-K, Elementary School List

A child on the gluten-free/casein-free (GFCF) diet can be 100% on the diet and fail to make the grade if their school supplies have forbidden ingredients. Parents need to be diligent and work with school staff to absolutely make sure every aspect of their children’s school environments are completely GFCF, right down to the supplies/toys used daily, to ensure parents hard efforts are not accidentally undone by even the smallest contact with forbidden ingredients.

August 2011 Gluten Free and Allergy Free Art Supply List from Adventures of a GF Mom

When your child starts a new preschool or class, it is a great idea to buy a large plastic container, label it with your kid’s name, and fill it with the GFCF supplies such as the examples listed below.  Make a list of all the items in the bin in case any need to be later replaced. Include a copy of the list so teachers can check off an item when they run out of something and return the list to you.

  • Paints–six colors (Crayola, Palmer, or Lakeshore brands)
  • Crayola Washable Markers (large and small sizes)
  • Crayola First Crayons or regular crayons (two pkg.)
  • Crayola Model Magic in several colors (Do not use Play Doh or Crayola Dough; both of these are not GFCF! Or any other substitutes unless they’re sent from home! Note: Model Magic dries out after several uses—so include baggies for storage)
  • Aroma dough
  • Crayola brand chalk in white and other colors
  • Elmer’s or Ross brand liquid glue (old-fashioned paste contains wheat)
  • Elmer’s or Ross brand glue sticks (include at least 2)
  • Scotch brand clear tape, 1 roll
  • Craft supplies (small baggies filled these items): Corn elbows, corn rotelli, rice, black-eyed peas, lentils, rice spaghetti, colored rice or lentil noodles--remember, your child cannot use regular pasta for crafts or in a sensory bin!

Treats for speech activities, unexpected parties (limit as these can cause hyperactivity):

  • Dum-dum Lollipops
  • Tropical Source Lollipops
  • Farley's Jelly Bird Eggs
  • Jet Puffed Marshmallows (Peeps are also GFCF)

Other supplies (ask your teacher if these are needed):

  • Unpowdered plastic gloves or Liquid Glove (if needed for other activities--soap play, cooking, etc.)
  • Colored page reinforcers or pony beads
  • GFCF Cheerio type cereal
  • Baggies of Gorilla Munch (or other Kix-like GFCF corn cereal)
  • Barbasol Shaving Cream (for Occupational Therapy (OT) activities); do not use Nickelodeon Floam, Goop, etc.
  • Silly Putty by Crayola is GFCF (for OT activities)
  • Palmer face paints or Hello Kitty products can be used for makeup for dress-up activities/plays
  • Ivory soap, Johnson & Johnson Baby Soap, shampoo, and lotion are GFCF; avoid other lotions used in physical therapy unless you know they are GFCF
  • Toothettes and lemon-flavored cottonball sticks used by speech therapists are GFCF

Note: Most Pre-K curriculum involves a cooking component. Work with your teacher on this. If a cooking project is coming up, offer to supply the class with GFCF ingredients--it will be much appreciated. Keep a few GFCF cupcake mixes on hand for class parties and special occasions--make and freeze cupcakes so that your child is not left out.

Best Tip: For less than $10 you can get a huge supply of piñata-type cheapie toys that can be handed out for holidays, parties, etc. instead of candy. is a great source for these items. Check out for additional GFCF school supply sources:

Palmer Paint products 1-800-521-1383 (Can be found in Walmart, Michaels, also S&S World Wide Arts)

  • Prism Brand Acrylic Glow in the Dark
  • Prism Regular Acrylics
  • Prism Model Paints
  • Prism Pearls
  • Palmer Nature' Hues
  • Palmer Liquid Tempera (contains corn starch)
  • Palmer Washable Liquid Tempura
  • Palmer Face Paint
  • Palmer Glitter Paint
  • Palmer Dry Tempura (contains corn starch)

Crayola (Binney & Smith, Inc.) 1-800-272-9653
Crayola's following Products are GFCF

  • Washable Markers
  • Model Magic
  • Markers
  • Chalk
  • Silly Putty
  • Jumping Colors
  • Mess free Color Wonder
  • 3 D Markers
  • Oil Pastels
  • Powder Paint
  • Water Soluble Oil Pastels

Note: NO Crayola dough, it contains gluten!

Elmer's Washable Glue is also GFCF 1-888-435-6377

  • Ross White Glue
  • Ross Glue Sticks
  • Ross School Glue

SAY NO TO REGULAR PLAYDOUGH!! SAY NO TO PLAY-DOH! It is the most common infraction!

Prepared with assistance from Mary Fry – mom of Kathy