One of the really fun things that we did was make paper. We had never done it before but watched a couple videos on how paper is made and how construction paper is made from recycled materials. We decided to jump in, experiment and see how it would go!
Here's what worked for us:
Base Color Paper (we recycled some packing paper that came in a recently delivered package)
A Piece of Color Construction Paper (we reused/recycled some scraps from a previous craft project)
Screen (we used some sand sifters)
Paint T-shirts (could substitute towels but this is what we had)
Start by tearing up the paper. We decided to use the majority of the base color and then added just a little bit of the construction paper. This was a great way to practice our fine motor skills. We had fun getting our aggression out as well by ripping the paper to shreds!
* We tried this a few different ways. The best way that we found to get some really cool looking paper with flecks of color was to blend the base color first and then add the colored paper and pulse just a a few times. This way the colored paper was bigger and could be seen better.
The kids all said that it felt very squishy and slimy. After the kids each got a turn I helped push a little bit more water out before moving on to the next step.
We transferred it to another piece of felt, sandwiching the new paper between 2 pieces of felt. This allowed us to get any additional moisture that may have lingered on the side that was facing the strainer.
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