I have been meaning to make recycled paper with my son for ages. Finally after finding way too much scrap paper in my art closet when I cleaned it out I knew there was no time like the present ,especially with Earth Day only days away. This was not a hard craft but it does require adult participation. I have done it in a class without the use of a blender by soaking the paper for days.
- Gather your materials. You will need scrap paper, newspaper,a bowl , a blender, water , towels and a window screen. I also used a plastic cutting board to dry the paper on.
- Start by ripping your scrap paper and newspaper into small pieces. The smaller the better.
- Add water . We used a bottle from our recycling bin to help ease the mess.
- Squish, let soften for as long as your child will wait. We didn’t wait too long but the blending is easier the squishier you get the “pulp”.
- ADULT ONLY – using a blender blend the water and paper pulp.
- Put towels ( old ones from when your husband went to Mexico on Spring break in college) under your screen.
- Pop the pulp on it.
- Press the water out. We just used a dish cloth ( smooth cotton not fluffy).
- Flip onto a cutting board and let dry.
- We popped ours in our laundry room and let dry for 2 days.
- Then cut them out into hearts and added some ribbon and gave them to some dear friends.
Earth Day Books
This post was originally written for earth day but has been much more popular at Valentine’s Day in the past few years…. Loving the earth is good any time of year though. As always our book lists include affiliate links.
The EARTH Book by Todd Parr is a great Earth Day book for preschoolers and young elementary aged kids. It focuses on small everyday steps kids can take to help the environment as well as how these little everyday measures help. The way the text is written it begs for discussion whether you are reading it to a class of 25 or in bed with your only child. Add om Parr’s wonderfully whimsical, bright, bold illustrations and you have a super Earth Day book.
Love Your World by Dawn Sirett is a how to manual for kids who want to be good environmentally responsible citizens of the earth. The text is lack luster at times but the message , tips and overall presentation is still worthwhile . It is a little longer and doesn’t have a warm fuzzy story book feel but would be great to kick start a unit of teaching for 4-8 year olds about conservation.
Gabby and Grandma Go Green by Monica Wellington is another wonderful book from one of our favorite authors. In the book Gabby and her Grandma spend a day together dedicated to going green. First making a great reusable bag and then using it all around town. I love that they go to the library and that is portrayed as a way to go green as well as a place to learn more about environmental efforts. Also showing ways to make a difference at the grocery store is perfect for young kids who are often tagging a long with parents on these errands. I can’t end the review without also mentioning the baby sibling who is sleeping in a sling at the end of the book , I love seeing baby wearing in books! This is a great environment themed book that works all year round not just for Earth Day.
I remember doing this activity in elementary school. It’s such a fun activity and really great for teaching kids about recycling. Thanks for sharing I forgot all about how to do this now I’m going to bookmark & try it again with my own daughter 🙂
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JDaniel4's Mom says
This is such a great way to reuse all the paper scraps we have a home!
The books look great!
What an awesome idea, we might have to try that sometime! With all the strips of paper CJ has been cutting up lately we have lots of tiny paper scraps we could save for this!!
Great Earth Day project!!
Rashmie @MommyLabs says
What a thoughtful green project. Love this!
Timma Sue says
Fantastic! Thanks for sharing1 I pinned this to my board at
Just cruising but I saw these hearts and had to check them out. My dad actually gave me paper hearts one year that were recycled and the manufacturer had put seeds in them. Then, you take the hearts and plant them and grow some flowers! You could probably do that to this project too. Super cool idea!
I’ve been wanting to do this for ages too! My deadline is Arbor Day. There’s too much going on this week with Easter and visitors…
Thanks for the step by step walk-through!
This is awesome – we will definitely do this soon. I know that my daughter will love it. We love Monica Wellington books, so I have to look for this one you recommend.