How do you do things with paper

What you can do with paper

Junior Kurier - Weser Kurier, December 11th, 2011

We write on it every day, use it to wrap our presents, or read about it when it is stuck between two book covers, the most exciting stories: the [sic!] Paper. Sometimes it is hard to imagine how important paper is in our daily life. It goes without saying that paper is always there, whether at school or at home. But where does the paper come from and how is it made?

In order to answer these and many other questions about paper, the two museum educators Sabine Rosenthal and Eva Vonrüti Moeller developed the exhibition “Kapier Paper” on this topic. Especially for children, they explain everything you need to know about paper. And the best thing is: the children can touch everything there and try out a lot for themselves. The Weserburg Museum also shows what it was like when there was no paper. Because in the past, people used many different other materials to write. For example, they scratched their messages on clay tablets or wrote on papyrus with pen and ink. The Romans, on the other hand, made their notes on large wax tablets. Visitors to the exhibition can try out what it was like for themselves. “It's weird not to write on paper,” says eight-year-old Jannis. “It would be very difficult if we always had to take a large wax tablet with us in our school bag instead of paper.” So you can see that paper also has a lot of advantages.

In the past, people used paper not only for writing, but also for playing. At that time, there was no television or computer for people to pass their time with. That is why they built small paper theaters for themselves at home, in which they reenacted plays with their own cardboard figures. You have probably already used paper to play with. For example, if you have painted pictures on it or made paper planes with it.

Paper is infinitely versatile. Whether as toilet paper, wrapping paper, or normal writing paper: In general, we always fall back on the material. The children's museum also shows how versatile it can be. Because there you can see that there are actually pieces of clothing that are made from paper. For example, a chef wears a paper cap when he is at work. In the exhibition itself there are even entire dresses that designers have specially designed out of paper. A few of them can even be tried on. There are dresses, trousers, skirts and vests made entirely of paper. “Paper clothes feel weird. Very different from my normal clothes, ”says nine-year-old Jesse. Nevertheless, he doesn't want to take off his paper trousers and shirt anymore. After all, you don't wear paper clothes every day. In contrast to normal clothes made of cotton, paper clothes also have some disadvantages, Jannis knows. "The clothes tear way too quickly and you can't wash them either."

Those who prefer it loud rather than fashionable can also use paper to make music themselves. Great sounds can be created with paper rattles or paper blow pipes. This creates a real little paper music band. For example, a sheet of corrugated cardboard can quickly be turned into a paper guitar that is great for making music. Or a simple cardboard box is used as a drum. As you can see, paper is much more than just a boring everyday object.

In the children's museum you can even try out how paper is made for yourself. You can easily make your own sheet of paper from old, soaked newspaper scraps.

“I liked the paper forest best,” says eight-year-old Karla after her visit to the children's museum. There are countless strips of paper hanging from the ceiling, through which you have to fight like in a jungle. When you've done that, you'll end up in a paper cave filled with over 6000 heaven and hell games. And you can even hang up your own, which you make yourself.

“I learned a lot about paper in the exhibition that I didn't know before,” says Karla. “For example, what paper is made of.” There are different materials from which different types of paper are made - wood or linen, for example. Bank notes, on the other hand, are made from cotton.
Elina Hoepken

The exhibition "Kapier Papier" with lots of interesting information about paper and lots of opportunities to try things out for yourself can be seen in the Weserburg until February 19.

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