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Happy Belated Earth Day

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.

 

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We then set up the work.  This is not an independent work for younger children.

It also has MANY steps!

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We have two tin cans, one that have no top or bottom and the other has no top but does have a bottom.

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Once it is set up with mesh in the middle, we pour in the slurry.

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The excess water drips down and we empty out that can.

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We listen for drips.

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We take off the top tin can and empty out the bottom.

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There is still a lot of water that need to come out.

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We place another piece of mesh on the paper and push down to absorb the water.

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Once we squeeze the water out a few times we take off the mesh.

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We let the paper dry out and then we have recycled paper!

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We decided to have another experiment to look at what items would be better for the Earth in shipping!

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Biodegradable packing peanuts made from corn and Styrofoam packing peanuts were used.

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The one made from corn dissolved!

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The Styrofoam peanut did not dissolve.

All the children decided it would be better to use the item made from corn.