Our family had a blast making paper using a Paper Factory kit we were sent by ALEX Toys!
First we had to tear the paper. Anna was our best paper ripper – this is one of her favorite everyday activities, so she was thrilled to be able to do it without being stopped!
Once the paper was torn, we put it in our blender and added water. It was looking less and less like paper!
Pureed newspaper isn’t very attractive, but it is very easy to work with! You can add construction paper to make it more attractive, or add decorative bits of colored tissue paper or crepe paper at the end (that’s what we did this time).
The kids spread the paper pulp across the screen as the water drained out. Spreading it across the screen is a little bit tricky!
Once the pulp was spread, we added some colorful decorations to make it look prettier. You can add paint, too. A second screen is added on top so you can get the last of the water out. You can see here and in the next photo that we did spread this particular sheet of paper a little bit too thin, and there are a couple of small holes – but not as many as I was expecting! The piece at the top did not have any holes.
We laid our paper out on a plastic cutting board to dry. The kids liked how our paper curled a bit after it was dry, but if you want it completely flat just put it under a heavy book for an hour or so!
The bits of colored crepe paper make all the difference in beautifying this paper!
Have you ever made paper? Mouse Grows, Mouse Learns published a post on paper making yesterday!
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