Friday, April 20, 2012

Earth Day: Create your own recycled bookmarks

Remember back in the day when you did a science fair project? Well, one year mine was on recycling. This one really stuck with me- I now do it every year with my class!

This project is messy hands-on fun!
Supplies needed:
  • Shredded paper (Newspaper works fine- the kids can tear it. I got shredded paper from the office)
  • A blender (an older one or one that you don't mind shredding newspaper in)
  • Cheese Cloth
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Hot Glue
  • Old towels
Optional but extremely helpful items:
  • Electrical tape ("waterproofs" the strainer)
  • Water
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • Glitter (really optional)
  • Flower seeds (now we are just getting crazy! I let the kids add in flower seeds in case they want to plant it when they are through with the project. Recycling the recycling project!)
Step 1 (Do this in advance):
Set four jumbo sized popsicle sticks together to form a square. Hot glue together. Cut a piece of cheesecloth to cover the square you made and glue on top. I also cover the popsicle sticks with electrical tape to keep the wood dry during the straining process.
(I'll add a picture of this later- sorry!)

Step 2-57: (side note: I always use the #57 when joking around with my students. The other day one of them asked me if I was 57 ! CLEARLY we need to work on number sense & age!!! hahaha)

Add a handful of paper into your blender. Cover it with water, allow children to add 2-3 drops of their favorite food color and blend for about a minute or until "soupy". Add in any optional ingredients such as glitter and flower seeds.
Dump ingredients onto cheesecloth strainer. Press down hard to drain all the water- do this over a pan/bowl or something else to catch the water. Press into towels to drain additional water. Remove bookmark gently from frame and allow it to air dry. Voila!


FirstGradeBlueSkies (Jennifer)

She doesn't look so sure about it! lol
First Grade Blue SKies

Ashley Cross

Yea, I don't think the missing teeth are helping her look happy about it either!


This is a really cute idea :)


I love the idea. I'm thinking I may have the kids clean out their desks and tear up that paper :)

Luckeyfrog's Lilypad


This looks wonderful. What fun!!! Thanks for sharing. I am a new follower.


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