“Making seeds in the paper keeps them warm in the paper.”

In preparation for our Market (May 7 from 11:30-1:30), Monday and Tuesday art groups have been making plantable paper!  There was a lot of excitement after making handmade paper a few weeks ago, and plantable paper seemed like a great way to connect the process with the Expedition.  Plantable paper began the same way as handmade paper, but once the pulp was mixed, friends stirred in different types of herb seeds.  Once the paper dries, families can dig a hole, plant the paper, and herbs will grow in it’s place!

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Logan: We’re going to show everyone how to make it.

Justin: Then we spray it.  Spray every little piece!

Ty: Whoa, I see the water falling.

Michael: I ripped my paper with my big brain!  We’re gonna spray it too?  Are you kidding me?  The blender is getting full… wow it’s getting fabulous.

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Georgi: It looks like a McFlurry.

Phoenix: It looks like lint with water in it.

Moses: The pulp looks like fluffy sand.

Maceo: It looks like seaweed.

Once the paper and water were mixed together, we poured the paper pulp into bowls and began examining the seeds.  Some seeds, like the mint and lavender, were tiny, while other seeds, like basil, were much larger.  Next, friends mixed the seeds into the paper pulp.

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Georgi: It sounds like seeds.  They shake and are small and it makes noise.

Phoenix: They look like little pieces of dirt.

Edwin: Aw, you cute little seed!

Noah: Making seeds in the paper keeps them warm in the paper.

Alberto: It sounds like little particles of something.

Sylvie: They look like coffee seeds.

Cole: They are seeds.  They are mint seeds.  I think I can read and the first letter was “S” so I knew they were seeds.  We can plant it in the ground and it will grow into mint.  Goodnight little seeds… you’ll be safe in here!  I love you, mint seeds!  The seeds are the cutest thing in the world.  They are even cuter then Fifi.  Even cuter then when she smiles.  Have you seen her smile?  It’s very cute.

Once the seeds were mixed into the pulp, we put a screen on top of a bowl and began squishing the water out!

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Justin: It feels warm, cold, and hot.

Daniel: Everyone, look! I made a paper!

Phoenix: It’s all dripping into the bowl.

Sylvie: The bowls getting fuller!

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Miles: I see seeds in my paper!  It’s like it’s caught in a net.

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Cole: How will people know we can plant them?  We can make a sign or just tell them so they know the paper can get planted.

Alberto: It dried up so it doesn’t squirt any of the water out.

Michael: Wow, that’s amazing… how did paper grow into lavender?  Because of the seeds?  I’m doing this 100 times at my house!

Miles: You put the seed paper in the ground and you water it and the plants grow.

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“I love how it feels in my hands!”

Happy Monday from the Pre-K Art Studio!  Today, Monday groups learned how to make their own paper!  Friends enjoyed the hands-on process and are looking forward to seeing how their paper will look when it’s dry.

We began by looking at some handmade paper, and children discussed what they thought the material was.

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Matteo: It looks like a painted rock.

Jaslene: It think it’s some kind of paper.

Logan: Did it come from the moon?

Ebbisa: Is it cardboard?  It’s like were recycling.

Miles H.: Feels like a blue snowflake that can bend and break a little bit.  I can use it as a fan.

Jasmine: Looks like seaweed and feels soft.

Next, friends ripped up all different types of paper into small pieces.  We used different colors of tissue paper, paper towels and pages from magazines.

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Once all the paper was ripped small enough, we put it all in the blender.  Next we covered the paper with water.  Friends likes using squirt bottles to soak all of the paper!Image

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And then… we blended it!

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We brought the blender back over to the big table and observed what types of changes had happened to the paper when it was blended with water.  Friends learned that this was called paper pulp and couldn’t wait to begin working with the material.

Kofi: It looks like spinach now… yuck!

Paris: I think when we turned on the blender it turned the paper to paint.

Daniel T.: The making machine made it look like juice.

Next, friends put screens on top of small bowls and scooped out a handful of paper pulp.  They spread the pulp on the screen and pushed as much of the water out as they could!  It was surprising to see that the water in the bowl was no longer clear, but dyed the color of tissue paper they used!

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Jaslene: It turned into watercolors… let’s paint with it!

Roman: I love how it feels in my hands.

Miles F.: I did it!  The water’s in the bowl now, not in the paper.  It has to dry to be paper.

Ebbisa: All the juice is coming out.

Finally, friends pressed the paper between sheets of felt to get rid of as much water as they could.  Some children chose to paint with the colored water after they finished, which they compared to watercolors!

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We can’t wait to see how our paper looks when we dry!