Paper Making

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Paper Making

For this DIY, we’re making paper! Explore how paper can be recycled into new paper for sketching, journaling, and more. Using scraps of paper found around the home, learners can experiment with their paper mix to explore how different textures and colors blend in their new paper.

Supplies You'll Need: 

  • Scraps of Paper

  • Mixing Bowl (Large)

  • Sponge

  • Rolling Pin

  • Baking Sheet

  • Blender or Food Processor

  • Towels (2)

  • Hot Water

Building Tips and Tricks: 

  • When you start the activity, remember that ripping the scraps into smaller pieces is better than cutting them into smaller pieces. If ripped, the paper will be able to better absorb the water.

  • Expand your child’s vocabulary. The thickness of a liquid is its viscosity. If thick, we say that it has high viscosity (or, it’s more viscous). The less thick, the less viscous! Molasses, for example, is very viscous.

Download Instructions

TEKS: 

§111.2.b.2 • §112.11.b.5 • 117.102.b.2 • §112.12.b.5 • §117.105.b.2 • §112.13.b.5 • §117.108.b.2 • §112.14.b.5 • §117.111.b.2 • §112.15.b.5 • §117.114.b.2 • §112.16.b.5 • §117.117.b.2

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