Surfing the Net with Kids: Paper Crafts

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March 4, 2001

Dear Readers,

Welcome back. March is a very busy month. It is Women’s History Month, National Craft Month, National Nutrition Month, Irish American Heritage Month, and last (but not least, of course) Music in our Schools Month. That should keep you occupied!

Today’s Paper Crafts topic is accompanied by the following games:

Paper Making Word Search
Paper Challenge
Paper Crafts

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Paper Crafts

More than 2,000 years ago, the Chinese were the first to use fiber from hemp and the inner bark of the mulberry tree to make paper. Today paper is of our most important industrial products. In the United States, we each use (on average) 660 pounds of paper a year. Paper, it seems, is everywhere. And that’s why paper craft projects are always a popular choice for home or school.

Ken Blackburn Paper Airplanes


Ken Blackburn loves making paper airplanes and currently holds the Guinness Book record for time aloft (27.6 seconds.) It all started at age thirteen, when Ken created a paper plane that could fly over a quarter of a mile. He kept refining the design, and while in college won his first world record. It was November, 1983, and Ken’s winning entry stayed aloft for 16.89 seconds. And yes, he does share his plans on how to fold a record breaking plane. Look for the “Paper Airplanes You Can Fold” link.

Learn2 Make Homemade Paper


“Making your own paper is fun, easy, and a delightful project for the weekend. Homemade paper lends a distinctive personal touch to any project from greeting cards to a personal note or letter. And it’s much easier than it sounds once you draw off your first page or two.” This seven-step “2torial” takes you through the entire process from gathering your materials to drying your papers on a clothesline. Allow about an hour to create your homemade paper, and then three hours to dry (assuming the weatherman cooperates.) Preschool Paper Crafts


For younger hands, gives us fourteen “economical, age-appropriate paper projects for two to five year olds.” All projects include detailed instructions, and many include printable templates for cutting or coloring. But don’t stop at the preschool paper projects. is chock full of pages and pages of craft ideas for kids of all ages.

Paper University


Created by the Technical Association of the Pulp and Paper Industry (TAPPI), Paper University includes not just paper craft projects but also interesting science activities (“How Does a Paper Towel Absorb Water?”) and an introduction to the ecology of paper manufacturing (“Are We Running out of Trees?” and “How is Paper Recycled?”) Click on Art Class for five craft projects including a recipe for paper mâché, pulp ornaments and jewelry made with candy molds, and a stuffed paper bag fish.

Pieces ‘n Creases: A Fun Guide to Origami


“Origami (pronounced or-i-GA-me) is the Japanese art of paperfolding. ‘Ori’ is the Japanese word for folding and ‘kam’ is the Japanese word for paper. That is how origami got its name. However, origami did not start in Japan. It began in China in the first or second century and then spread to Japan sometime during the sixth century.” Pieces ‘n Creases won Best of Contest in the 1999 ThinkQuest Jr. Internet Challenge, and it’s easy to see why. Enjoy the activities, the history, and the poems. “After you’ve visited our Web site, you won’t be able to pass up a square piece of paper without a little folding.”

Surfing the Calendar

Dr. Seuss’ Birthday (Read Across America)
Mar 2, 1904
Alexander Graham Bell’s Birthday
Mar 3, 1847
US Paper Money Issued: Anniversary
Mar 10, 1862
Ireland National Day St. Patrick’s Day
Mar 17, 2001

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