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Then and Now: Paper

Child's Question: How was paper made in the olden days?

Since we did not know how paper is made today, we did some research on the internet. We watched 2 short videos on how paper is made.

.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8I3Z05lC9i8
www.youtube.com/watch?v=Gq7L9-0XdVw

The children commented on how huge the machines were and how much paper is produced. We did  some more research  but did not clearly find out how paper was created prior to machines. We did find out how to make handmade paper and that is what we did today. Using recycled paper, a pestle and mortar, a pan and screen we worked together to create one piece of paper. Hopefully, the paper will dry in the next few days so we can display it. 

The last few group times have really started the children thinking about machines and how people came up with ideas for them. I have some of the same questions as the children such as "Who started making machines?"
I find it amazing how technology develops and changes in such a short period of time. 


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