One day I had finished cutting out large bulletin board letters with my Cricut and was left with a bunch of scraps of neon card stock. Rather than throw it away I decided I would make a #TotSchool activity out of it, and Small Fry and I would try making paper. This blog post is not about how to make paper, although if you don't know how you'll learn. Rather this is about the adventure of making paper with a Tot.
September 14, 2016: I tried using my dinky at home paper shredder to shred this card stock, but I ended up breaking the shredder. So I ripped it instead. At first I put only a little bit of water in, but that wasn't much fun so I added more, enough to make the paper float. I put the paper and water in one of our shoe box sized containers, put that container and Small Fry in the under the bed Fun Bin, and let him play around. At first he enjoyed squishing the papers around but soon we discover that they stuck to his arms and legs. I'd stick one on, he'd giggle and pull it off and ask for more!
September 17, 2016: The next day we scooped all of that paper mush out onto a screen. I got THIS ONE off of Amazon. I didn't plan it this way, but it fit perfectly in the large Fun Bin. It sat right on the ledge on the inside. I do not have any great pictures of this one since I was busy making sure our mush made it onto the screen instead of the carpet!
So, would I do it again? The ripped paper and the mush part - yes. The rest I may do again when he's older and can appreciate how cool it is to actually make paper and then use the paper he made.