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Paper Worksheets

Paper is everywhere! From our earliest pictures stuck to the fridge by our parents to the letter telling us about the latest supermarket offers, even in our modern society, paper is still used for writing and drawing or passing on information. And who can imagine a world without toilet roll! From magazines to junk mail there are lots of ways to reduce the amount of paper we use in our everyday lives. Check out our resource pages to find out more about Paper.

Paper can be recycled everywhere in Devon from the kerbside (see our District Recycling Sheets). To find out what happens after the recycling truck leaves your doorstep watch our video about how paper is recycled in Devon.

Downloadable Worksheets and Paper Quizzes

We have created Science of Materials: Paper worksheets for all ages. Each worksheet is accompanied by a quiz to assess learning. Some also include a playlist of relevant videos.

We hope the worksheets on this page will help young people understand the science behind paper. We hope doing these activities will create better scientists and more critical thinkers. We know the wicked problems (complex and difficult issues like climate change and biodiversity loss) we are leaving the next generation will need some innovative thinking to solve them!

Why not try out our fun quiz at the bottom of the page too!

10 magazines opened and placed on top of one another.

Summer holiday activity: Got magazines? Make recycled beads!

Try making these wonderful African style beads from old magazines.

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How To Recycle Your Own PaperPicture of someone pressing down on recycled paper making frame

What better way to learn about the circular nature of recycling than making your own paper from old scraps?

Find out how you can get started with the instructions and videos below!

National Curriculum Links

Teachers can link it to science work on changing materials, to art and design projects, or set up your ‘recycling factory’ during a themed ‘eco’ week.

How to Make Paper

How to Make Seeded Paper

Why not use your hand-made recycled paper for something special. Greetings cards at Christmas or birthday cards throughout the year will be treasured by the recipient while spreading the recycling message to family and friends.

Download teacher and pupil instructions here

Papermaking instructions – child

Papermaking instructions – adult