Paper Maker

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Learners make their own paper. They start by shredding old newspaper, clean toilet paper, and clean paper towels. Learners mix the shredded paper with water to make pulp, then strain and dry the pulp to make paper. This simplified process is similar to that used by industry. When learners set up a free account at Kinetic City, they can answer bonus questions at the end of the activity as a quick assessment. As a larger assessment, learners can complete the Smart Attack game after they've completed several activities.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Type:


Materials List (per student)

  • Old newspaper (a half sheet)
  • Toilet paper (5 squares)
  • Paper Towels (4 sheets)
  • Water (2 cups)
  • A jar with a lid
  • A piece of screen or wire mesh
  • A dishpan, a large bowl, or a sink
  • A rolling pin or something like it (a bottle or jar, for example)
  • Food coloring (optional)
  • A piece of aluminum foil


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Life Sciences
    • Ecology
      • Human Impact
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse
  • be mobile
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Includes assesments for student learning:

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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • American Association for the Advancement of Science


  • All rights reserved, American Association for the Advancement of Science, 2009

Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation