Student: "Why are we going to make paper?"
Me: "I don't understand your question...this is art."
Student: "...but you can just go out and buy paper."
Me: " (pause) You'll understand why after you make it."
...student stays 15 minutes after class is over to continue to make paper!
If you have an opportunity to make paper, whether it's by yourself or with a class, you really should. It's an experience that most kids won't do on their own so they need someone like you to show them how.
Here is a video that I found from eHow that shows you how!
Handmade Paper Pulp Mixing -- powered by ehow