Tuesday, August 04, 2009

Making Recycled Paper

My kid and I recently made a couple batches of recycled paper. Most of the steps involved in the process are very attractive to four-year-olds. Using a paper shredder, using the blender, making a tub of mushy pulp, then splashing around in it! What could be more fun than that?

We started by sorting through my paper scraps, making a pile of brown and black papers, and another pile of pink and red papers. This is a great way to recycle paper scraps that are too small for anything else. After the papers were sorted, we shredded them.


The black pulp was rather dirty to work with but that didn't bother my little assistant. The pink pulp, he thought, was very similar to a strawberry smoothie.


The results of our labour: several sheets of dark grey and pink papers. The grey paper has a secret ingredient as it is intended for a special project, but that's all I'll say for now - more about that later!

9 comments:

Carol said...

This is very tempting. Something a 3&1/2 yr old would enjoy so I'll have to buy or borrow a mould. I guess the next step is the kids making their own books from this yummy paper.

moreidlethoughts said...

Oh yes...I can imagine a little 'un embracing this. Literally!
I have 2 shredders - and the way they've hooked the sofa I'll have laid rag paper soon!

AUSTRIA KREATIV said...

my two little ones (3 and 5) had a great time with our green pulp and made some wonderful paper. i'm very curious what the black paper is for; very exciting ;)

Rhonda said...

heehee, two kiddos would certainly double the fun!

Antico Valore said...

wonderful mother!!
I hope to can do the same with my two babies!

Katy said...

What beautiful paper shreds!

Rhonda said...

thanks Antico Valore and Katy!

recycled paper printing said...

Great job kid! you two are so fantastic! great idea!

Milliscent Morgan said...

Actually there are so many ways on how to use recycled paper like for example those paper came from paper shredder, those small could use by decoration on making scrap book.