easy papermaking?

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  1. Bored of Ed

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    Is there a simple way to make paper, suitable for a classroom? Preferably one in which the actual process takes less than 1/2 hour (not including drying time, which doesn't need any involvement)

    We're learning about China and I think this could be a great craft to do, but I am not about to go make frames and screens and whatnot.
     
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    http://www.pioneerthinking.com/makingpaper.html

    This site gives a pretty simple process to make paper that I used when I was in school.

    You do need frames but all you have to do is staple a piece of screen over an old or cheap picture frame. You could make those up ahead of time, and the pulp as well.
     
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    This is how I was told to do it with my kids. Our other K teachers have done it already but I didn't do it yet!

    Have the kids tear up old paper or newspaper into little bitty pieces. Soak the pieces in warm water. Put the papers into a blender and turn it to mush. Then you put the mush onto a cookie sheet or just another big piece of newspaper and roll it out flat. The thinner it is the quicker it dries. They give it a little while then turn it over. One says put newspaper under it even if you use a cookie sheet because it will collect some of the water left in the paper.
     
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    I do it every year. Now the way our kit does this process is really quick (about 5 minutes per child,) but I am not sure if it will result in what you are looking for.
    1. Use cheep TP and put about 10 pieces in a bottle.
    2. Cover the paper inside the bottle with water and shake (not long at all!)
    3. Pour mixture over a screen
    4. Put a second screen on top and push water out.
    Leaving both screens still in place, soak up extra water with a sponge.

    The paper is pretty small and like I said may not be what you are looking for, however I had groups of 6 kindergarten students finished in under 7 minutes!
     

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