- “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.
- The children dipped the tool into the mixture.
- They pull the tool out of the water.
- They then sponged off excess water.
- They added pine needles.
- 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!