Preschools project this term has been reduce, reuse, recycle.
The children have been focusing on ways we can reduce landfill by reusing rubbish or recycling.
The children have built a giant robot which has been made entirely out of old boxes, they have made an igloo using old Milk bottles and have been experimenting with tools by taking apart an old DVD player.
The most impressive task the children have completed so far is the making of their own paper from paper which they were going to throw out.
To do this we needed:
The first thing we did was to cut out two pieces of mesh, one piece to fit in the wooden photo frame and one slightly bigger. Next we filled our tub with water, about ¼ full and placed the tub on the table. The frame was then placed in the water with the mesh that fits it and was left to float there. We set up the blender and took off the jug part and put that on the table next to the tub. The children were asked to choose some paper out of the recycling pile and bring it over to the table when it was their turn to make paper. As we were using a blender with sharp blades, we only did one person at a time.
Once they had their paper, they ripped it up into small pieces and put it into the jug, being careful not to put their hand in. Once there was enough ripped up paper in the jug they poured in some water, enough to cover the paper. The children then put the lid on the jug and took it over to the base on the blender and turned it on. They watched as the paper went around fast and change into pulp. When they thought it was enough time, they pushed the off button and carried the jug back to the table. (The next part was done by their educators, take off the lid and remove the blades). When the blades were out the children picked up the jug and slowly poured the pulp out of the jug and into the middle of the wooden frame that was still floating on the water. When all the pulp was in the frame, they put the jug down and carefully filled any holes by moving the pulp around. When they thought their pulp was right, they lifted the frame out of the water and held it there for a minute to let the water drain out. When the water stopped running out, they put the frame onto a towel on the table. They placed the other piece of mesh on top of their pulp then used the cloths to press on the mesh to soak up excess water. The frame was then removed and some more pressing was done. They put down the cloth and carefully lifted up the piece of mesh, getting their first look at the paper. Using paper towel, we carefully turned the paper over and removed the other piece of mesh and their paper making was finished. All that was left was to lay it somewhere to dry, which took around 24 hours.
Did you know? Recycling 1 ton of paper can save 17 trees, 7,000 gallons of water, 2 barrels of oil, and 4,000 kilowatts of electricity. The energy that you save can power 1 home for 5 months and that the average family uses 6 trees worth of paper each year.