For Earth day this year, we decided to make paper with the children.
We first create a “slurry” which is chopped up paper in water. The slurry is made in a special blender we have set aside for this project.
We then set up the work. This is not an independent work for younger children.
It also has MANY steps!
We have two tin cans, one that have no top or bottom and the other has no top but does have a bottom.
Once it is set up with mesh in the middle, we pour in the slurry.
The excess water drips down and we empty out that can.
We listen for drips.
We take off the top tin can and empty out the bottom.
There is still a lot of water that need to come out.
We place another piece of mesh on the paper and push down to absorb the water.
Once we squeeze the water out a few times we take off the mesh.
We let the paper dry out and then we have recycled paper!
We decided to have another experiment to look at what items would be better for the Earth in shipping!
Biodegradable packing peanuts made from corn and Styrofoam packing peanuts were used.
The one made from corn dissolved!
The Styrofoam peanut did not dissolve.
All the children decided it would be better to use the item made from corn.