Recycling Paper

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In this crafty chemistry activity (on page 2 of the PDF), learners make their own paper from used paper they may have otherwise thrown away. Learners have fun, and come away with a great finished product, while also exploring the chemical make-up of paper. Adult supervision is recommended with use of the blender. Included on the PDF are two additional activities from the Environmental Chemistry unit in OMSI's Chemistry Lab: Iron in the Environment and Water Ways.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Learning Time:
30 to 45 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
$1 - $5 per student

Age Range:
Ages 6 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Experiment/Lab Activity


Materials List (per student)

  • paper to recycle
  • water
  • bowl
  • flour (or cornstarch)
  • shallow pan or dish (about 6 inches by 8 inches)
  • screen (about 8 inches by 10 inches)
  • blender
  • tape
  • rolling pin
  • towels (paper or cloth)


  • Physical Sciences
    • Chemistry
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Technology and the Environment

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Nature and Environment


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


This resource is part of:

Access Rights:

  • Free access



Funding Source:

  • National Science Foundation