I used this item to teach a summer camp class. It stood up to ten kids very well and worked better than other similar items I've tried in the past (e.g. in my own childhood). It is also worth more than it's selling for, in my opinion. I would definitely recommend this for someone looking to occupy a group of kids for an afternoon. It was great.
I purchased this to make paper at home, and it is a good kit. There is plenty of starter paper, a plastic screen and overlay screen mesh to press out the water, and more. The only thing holding this back from a five star rating is you need additional supplies to make your projects, so here is what you need: a deep tray to hold the pulp you will make with your torn up paper, and a blender (unless you and whomever else you are working with does not mind waiting 24 hours for the paper to turn into pulp). Enjoy!
This came up in a search that was ok for ages over 3 or 4, so I bought it for my 5 year old. When I got it, I saw that it's labeled for ages 8 and older. We still enjoyed it, but it would be better for the older crowd.
I made same paper with my 3 and 6 year old boys two days ago they used to makes cards for my parents. It was a very novel experience for them and they enjoyed it. We put the good paper included in the kit to the side for other uses and recycled paper we'd gotten in the mail and etc... I did not do the method described in the instructions. I looked it up and the results for the sit in water just aren't stellar, so I boiled the torn up paper til it was pulp then let cool and followed the directions from there. Except, we don't get a newspaper so we just used towels instead. The boys, of course, loved tearing the paper and enjoyed decorating their cards. I think it was a nice craft and how to project for us and would recommend it for most others. For $10 it was worth, although now that I've seen what it takes to make paper I will probably be improvising to make larger pieces ;-)
This activity set is a great way to learn about paper recycling and the kids are always up for a new project. You can keep using this kit so even if the paper that is included runs out, you can continue to use the tools to recycle more paper. The kids then use the recycled paper to make special birthday or thank you cards and they look pretty sharp, too, now that we have gotten pretty good at this. It is educational fun for all ages, and a great value at this price.
My daughter needed this for her Girl Scout project. She had fun ripping up paper from our recycle paper box. We did the blender method because my daughter is impatient. Make sure you read all of the instructions first. They give you helpful hints and suggestions on adding stuff to your paper pulp. It was a fun project and she had fun.
It would have been helpful if it came with a bottle to put the pieces of paper in. It's a little tedious ripping the paper, but that's part of the project, I guess. We made Valentine's gifts - heart shaped paper with lavender seeds embedded in the paper for the kids to plant. Great gift idea.