How is Paper Made? - Lesson for Kids

An error occurred trying to load this video.

Try refreshing the page, or contact customer support.

Coming up next: Steam Engine Lesson for Kids

You're on a roll. Keep up the good work!

Take Quiz Watch Next Lesson
Your next lesson will play in 10 seconds
  • 0:04 Where Does Paper Come From?
  • 0:40 Paper Made From Trees
  • 1:52 Conserving and Recycling
  • 2:27 Lesson Summary
Save Save Save

Want to watch this again later?

Log in or sign up to add this lesson to a Custom Course.

Log in or Sign up

Speed Speed

Recommended Lessons and Courses for You

Lesson Transcript
Instructor: Shelly Merrell

Shelly has a Master's of Education. Most recent professional experience is an educational diagnostician. Prior, she taught for 8 years.

When you look at a tree, you see green leaves and rough bark. It's hard to imagine that such a large plant can be made into paper, but it can! In this lesson, we will discover how paper is made.

Where Does Paper Come From?

Have you ever climbed a tree or relaxed beneath its shade? Did you know that the oxygen you breathe comes from trees? Trees can be used for so many different things. And they are renewable, which means we can grow another tree after one has been cut down (though it takes a long time for a tree to grow).

But did you know that the paper you write on every day is generally made from trees? Paper can be made from flax, cotton, and hemp, among other plant fibers (American money is made from cotton!), but most is made from logs or from recycled paper that was itself made from logs. Let's explore the process of making paper.

Paper Made From Trees

The process of making paper starts with a forest. A bulldozer is generally responsible for cutting down trees quickly and in large numbers. All different types of trees can be used, including birch, beech, and eucalyptus. Conifer trees are often used for paper, as they have long fibers that make the paper stronger. The fibers from a tree are called cellulose.

After being cut down, the trees are taken to a factory to be processed. They're sent through a large machine that removes the bark and turns the trees into wood chips. Then, the wood chips go through machines called digesters. Much like your stomach digests, or breaks down your food, these digesters break down the wood into a mushy mixture of cellulose and other wood parts. The cellulose is separated from the other parts, cleaned, mixed with water, and cooked into a paste-like substance known as pulp.

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account