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Elmer's Education Bill Nye Paper Recycling Factory

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  • Scientific explorer science activity kits are great educational make it yourself experiences with some adult supervision required
  • Read cautions on individual containers carefully
  • The bill Nye paper recycling factory is a hands on creative learning experience
  • It makes great greeting cards notepads and much more from waste paper
  • Mix it pour it and press it
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WARNING:
CHOKING HAZARD -- Small parts. Not for children under 3 yrs.

Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 10 x 14 inches ; 2.4 pounds
  • Shipping Weight: 2.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Shipping: Currently, item can be shipped only within the U.S.
  • ASIN: B0016LVJ98
  • Item model number: E2113
  • Manufacturer recommended age: 4 years and up
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #49,986 in Toys & Games (See Top 100 in Toys & Games)
  • Average Customer Review: 2.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes
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Product Description

Mix it, pour it, press it! Bill Nye - the Science Guy - teaches kids all about the three Rs: Reduce, Reuse and Recycle. This creative kit comes with everything needed for kids to make their own recycled paper, along with greeting cards, notepads and so much more from waste paper. Making crafts has never been so fun and educational!

From the Manufacturer

Scientific explorer science activity kits are great educational make it yourself experiences with some adult supervision required. Some may contain chemicals that could be harmful if misused. Read cautions on individual containers carefully. Others may contain small parts. The Bill Nye paper recycling factory is a hands on creative learning experience that makes tons of way cool crafts. You can mix it, pour it and press it to make your own recycled paper and learn about the 3 R's, reduce, recycle and reuse. It makes great greeting cards, notepads and much more from waste paper.

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Customer Reviews

This should be taken off the market.
Michael D. Sennett
This is of course after waiting several hours for the shredded paper to soak in warm water.
JC
Bill Nye should NOT have his name on this!!!
S. J. GLASCOCK

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

48 of 49 people found the following review helpful By Nina on November 12, 2008
It looked simple enough. Tear up bitty pieces of old newsprint, let em soak in water for a few hours, then put into a hand-dandy mixer (with plastic "blades"), pulverize, pour onto mesh filter, remove, dry...voila! Paper! Not quite.

Tearing the paper was taking forever so I finally took the scissors to the newsprint. Now that I think about it, there's LOADS of shredded paper in mom's shredder that I could have used (next time). Instructions did not say how MUCH paper to shred to use for one go-round, so I shredded enough to cover the bottom of the tray they gave you. Added warm water as instructed and soaked it for nearly four hours (twice the amount they recommend, although they do say that the longer the better).

After assembling the contraption that was to pulverize the paper into a soupy pulp, I followed the directions and filled it up with half water and a handful of soaked paper. It was TORTURE getting the thing to lock correctly, and then when I did, cranking it for about 10 minutes didn't do a whole lot to get the paper to a shredded pulp consistency (they recommend a "few" minutes). No paper was going to get made at that rate. With the blunt serrated "blades" inside the mixer and hand crank, it reminded me of a prehistoric blender. BLENDER!! To the kitchen I go! I poured all the soaked newspaper plus water into the blender, and turned the sucker on. In no time I had the consistency that I needed to make paper. I poured it all back into the tray, washed out the blender and continued on with my project. I think if I do this again, the blender is the only way to go...forget the mixer thing. It's a piece of rubbish and does not do the job.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By dockdny on February 17, 2009
My 6 yr old daughter got this kit for her birthday. I agree with other reviewers that the directions were a bit vague (scoop a "handful" of pulp, turn crank for "several minutes", put "some" of the pulp on the mesh...), but with some trial and error, we figured out the ratios quickly. We too had issues with securing the lid and turning the crank smoothly -- kind of rickety. We used shredded junk mail from the shredder with a bit of colored tissue paper shredded in as well for effect. We also added food coloring to the pulp to avoid grey paper. The final sheet of paper created was actually quite nice -- a very quality-looking handmade card. My biggest beef is that it would be nice to have several more mesh screens so that we could make more than one piece of paper a day! My daughter wants to write her thank you notes for all of her b-day presents on handmade paper, but at this rate, we'll be writing thank you cards till Christmas! We might try to find screen material at Home Depot to make our own screens to use with the rest of the kit.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By 2cre8tivekids on April 4, 2009
This is a great idea, the product could have been great if they thought it out a little more. The Directions are barely a usefull guide to get you started. Forget this kit. Buy or make your own screen.
One piece of paper every 24 hrs is a cruel joke to a child. We improvised with wax paper and our oven and made 13 pieces of paper in one use. Flip the paper onto wax paper after you get out as much water as possible and reuse the cleaning cloths (or make your own cleaning cloths) The kids had a blast no thanks to Bill Nye and "Elmer's" At 6 and 4 they thought this was junk in a box.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Brown Tabby Tomcat on July 18, 2010
I've made recycled paper with my son several times using old window screen (tape the edges), some felt from a craft store and the kitchen blender. My wife, however, hates the residue I somehow manage to leave in the blender crevices, so when the lad received this as a birthday gift, I thought we'd found a good solution. BUT, the blender is the worst part of this! I love the concept of muscle-power rather than electric power for a recycling project, but there is no way a kid could muscle their way through this alone. The rest of the reviews say it all, although I'm kinda surprised that one of the more positive commenters suggested using bleach! Hey kids...let's pollute while we recycle!

Some hints: Quality scrap paper makes quality recycled paper, so don't use newspaper...it's high in acid and won't make anything you want to keep. (I think it's what the gray paper egg cartons are made of.) Instead use copier paper from the shredder and add colored junk mail or tissue paper. Blend most of it really well, but toss in some rough stuff at the end to make it artsy. We dry it on our sliding glass doors (it sticks when wet) and get one really smooth side and one nubbly arty side. Save the left over pulp in the fridge so it doesn't mold before you get around to making more paper.

As long as you're making a mess, you might as well find some quality red scraps (not construction paper) and make your own valentines card for your spouse.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By JC on December 25, 2008
We got this for my daughter for Christmas. She's very conscientous about recycling and all that, so I thought she'd like this. To begin with, the instructions are very poor. We filled up the pulverizer or whatever you want to call it (Half full of water and a "Handful of shredded paper"). This is of course after waiting several hours for the shredded paper to soak in warm water. How much is a "handful" anyway. Her handful or mine. My hands are quite a bit bigger than my daughters. I put what I think is an appropriate amount of paper in the mixer and work for about ten minutes trying to line up the cover properly, so we can mix the stuff. Once I get the cover on, my daughter starts to mix and it immediately jams. Okay, remove the top, remove some paper, spend another ten minutes putting the top back on. She starts cranking on the thing and it goes smoothly for a few turns, then jams and makes a grinding noise. Take off the top, remove all the paper, shred the paper by hand until it's almost pulp. Put the stuff back in the mixer, spend ten minutes putting the cap on, crank away. After about ten minutes of mixing the stuff, we remove the top and it looks the same as it did when I put it in there.

On to the next step. Now this ought to be fairly simple, but because the instructions aren't really clear, we can't figure out how were supposed to proceed. We end up with a tub full of crud that looks fairly similiar to vomit. We get the stuff spread out on the screen, put on the drying pad, pat it dry and try to remove it from the screen. No such luck. It takes me about another ten frustrating minutes to get the stuff seperated from the screen. Now we have to wait for 24 hours for our cruddy little piece for paper to dry.
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