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Making Paper

The children have been very interested in the book,  From Tree to Paper.  The book outlines how paper is made from a tree, the process it goes through, and all of the items that are made from trees or tree products.  After investigating what grows in our trees, the children began to show some interest about how the tree is used for other means.  Kara spent a week on reading the story in detail and learning more about how paper is made.
The children spent the first day  tearing paper into small pieces.  Each child had the opportunity to participate and encouraged to make the pieces as small as possible.  The children used fine motor skills to tear large pieces of paper into inch pieces.  The younger children helped by tearing their pieces and offering them to older peers to make them small enough for the mixture.  The children then began to add water and cornstarch to the mixture.  As the children put their hands in this mixture they began to share their observations which included:
  • “It is really mushy!”
  • “It feels wet and cold!”
  • “The paper doesn’t crinkle anymore!”

The following day, the children used a blender to mix the ingredients into a smaller pieces.  They added more water until the consistency of the ingredients were very watery.  Each time a new set of paper was blended it was added to the bucket.›The children used tulle that fit tightly into a circular shape.  The directions are below.

  1. ›The children dipped the tool  into the mixture.
  2.  They pull the tool out of the water.
  3. ›They then sponged off excess water.
  4. ›They added pine needles.
  5. ›Then saved it to dry.

The following day, we investigated the paper.  The children then decided they’d like to see if they could make different colors of paper.  They had determined that the reason the first paper was a brownish color was because we had used newspapers.  The children went with Kara in our storage room and picked out various colors of paper.  They began to tear one color for the mixture and were excited that their predictions were right!  If you use red recycled paper, your paper will turn red!

In your classroom:

  • don’t be afraid to start small
  • don’t be afraid to get dirty
  • invest the children’s help in clean-up
  • plan ahead!

Try an experiment and let us know how it worked!


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