Paper was by far the largest source of rubbish for us. We spent some time checking out whether the paper in the recycling bin could have been used better or for another purpose before being thrown away.
We had some interesting discussion about whether it was OK to make rubbish if it could be recycled. What do you think?
We listened to the Journal story 'Making Paper'.
Next we added hot water and left if overnight.
Sorting the words was a fun activity as we played chines whispers, reading the word and whispering it to our neighbour as we passed the word on. What great words!
We used a kitchen tool to help the paper to break up and mix together. What great language we had as we talked about what we could see, what we could hear, what we could smell and what it felt like to mix the paper this way. It really did take a lot of effort!
The drying process took longer than we expected. 4 days and they were still not dry so we had to leave them over the weekend.
The process had taken lots of man power, 21 of us. Lots of time, 4 days on and off.
Hanging the sheets worked as they didn't sit in water but they didn't dry flat. The sheets had waves in them and that meant that the paper had waves in too.
We also noticed that the paper split if it wasn't evenly thick.
Some of it even fell off the paper. Peeling it off the fabric wasn't as easy as it sounded in the story either. This was proving to be quite a process.
"It is no good for paper planes because it doesn't fold properly and I think it's too heavy". Dougie
"I like that it has a bend in it, it makes a butterfly beautifully but it might not work for other things". Briese
We had a vote and most of us agreed that we enjoyed the process and would love to do it again. We realise that we needed more information in order to decided whether we could repurpose all of our paper in this way. Watch this space for our next adventures in paper!