is Paper Made?
Paper is all around us. But did you ever
stop to think about how often you use it? Paper helps
us communicate, illustrate, create and instruct. It's
in our books, calendars, newspapers, and paper towels.
Did you ever wonder how it is made? Click
is Paper Made? and explore
the world of modern papermaking.
Would you like to make your own paper
at home? Check these out: Art
Class: Making Paper by Hand and Paper
Clips: Online Slide Show
The Amazing History of Paper!
Paper is such an important piece of our
lives, but what do we really know about it? How, when,
and where was it invented? Papermaking began in China
back in 200 BC. Chinese papermakers used old chopped-up
fishing nets, tree bark, and scraps of linen and hemp
to make the world's very first paper.
For the full story, go to The
Amazing History of Paper!
Also check these sources: Paper
Clips: Online Slide Show and
American Museum of Papermaking for more details
on the history of paper.
You Ever Wanted To Know About Paper Towels!
Can you imagine life without paper
To perform some fun experiments with
paper towels, check our Fun
with Science section.
A book which may also be useful is called
"Paper Towel Testing", by Cary I. Sneider
and Jacqueline Barber. This 30-page paperback book contains
many science experiments with paper towels. The ISBN
is 0-912511-65-6, and it is published by Lawrence Hall
of Science, Berkeley, California. It is also available
from NSTA (National Science Teachers Association) for
about $10.00: 1-800-722-NSTA, or www.nsta.org.
For the history of paper towels,
visit the Kimberly-Clark
For more statistical information on
the paper industry, please check the website of the
Forest and Paper Association.
Ideas and Instructions for Papier Mâché Projects!
For basic, step-by-step instructions on
making papier mache, check out our Art
Papier Mache Animals and Masks, try these sites:
Making a Piñata
(this is for a donkey piñata, but you could adapt it
into a giraffe)
It's a Jungle in Here
(first grade class makes papier mache animal sculptures)
For Information on Making Your Papier
Mache Project Weatherproof, go to:
and Uncommon Paper Products
Check out this list
of things that are made out of paper and pulp
Much Paper Can Be Made From a Tree?
This question is actually more complicated
than you may think. There are many factors that influence
the amount of paper that can be made from one tree.
Find out more:
EarthAnswers: How Much Paper Can Be Made from a Tree?
EarthAnswers: Are We Running Out of Trees?
- The Ancient Art of Paper Folding
Historians believe that origami originated
in Japan in the late sixth or early seventh century,
when papermaking was first introduced into Japan from
You can "Predict the Future"
with our amazing origami fortune teller. Here are instructions,
complete with photos, to show you how. Art
Class: Origami Fortune Teller
For other origami creations, check these
Hows and Whys of Recycling
In 1999, over 47.3 million tons of paper
was recovered for recycling in the US. Ever wonder how
all that scrap paper is recycled into new paper for
us to use? To find out how and why paper is recycled,
check out these: EarthAnswers
- How is Paper Recycled? and EarthAnswers
- Why Recycle?
Want to know the origin of the recycling
symbol? Read all about
Also, check out the website of the American
Forest and Paper Association.