21 Mar, 2017
10 : 00
Paper making is considered one of the "four great inventions of China" that has affected world civilisation. It was invented by Cai Lun (61-121 AD). To help students better understand papermaking techniques and to promote YWIS’s environmental philosophy, volunteers from Asia Symbol (Shandong) Pulp and Paper Co., Ltd. visited YWIS Rizhao Lower Primary on March 21, 2017.
At the beginning of the activity, questions, such as “What is paper used for?” “How can we save paper?” were asked. It was evident that our young students knew the answers because they eagerly put up their hands to answer the questions. Asia Symbol volunteers gave small notebook gifts to the students who answered their questions. Then the two volunteers worked in two student groups to make paper. Check out our students’ efforts in the process of papermaking below!
Tearing Waste Paper
Prepare waste papers and tear them into small pieces with your hands.
Put the small pieces of waste paper into the grinder and mix with water. Then keep turning the handle to grind it into paper pulp.
Put a board and net at the bottom of a rectangular container. Pour the mixed pulp into the container and spread out evenly. Place another net and board on the top, to make a sheet board.
Put the sheet board into a manual squeezer to squeeze out the extra water. Then peel the pressed paper from the net and board
Dry the paper outside in the sun or with a hairdryer.
The students enjoyed signing their name and drawing pictures on their “handmade” paper. One student said, “Today I learnt how to make paper and it’s not an easy job. I should save paper.”