June 21, 2012


I am so forgetful! I found my camera yesterday morning, took it to work, then forgot it there. So, I have no photos of the Peperkorns yet. I’ll have to post those later.

I can show you the work of their second-eldest daughter, though.

See, at the incredibly inspiring early childhood conference I went to a couple of weeks ago, our keynote speaker made mention that he had a manual paper shredder and there is nothing his kids liked more than shredding paper. They can use it for art, or just playing with. I thought that sounded like a splendid idea, but the manual paper shredders I found online looked like we would break them in a heartbeat.

However! Uncommon Goods had a hand-powered shredder that looked so interesting! It’s just a cylinder with a slot and two ends that move. You put the paper in, twist both ends and behold! Paper shreds! I liked the idea of using both arms to make it go – the children would use their whole arms and it could help with coordination. Just look at this thing!

Ok, I don’t know what is wrong with me, because I watched that video several times after I ordered mine, and for some reason I thought it was going to be big enough to stick a regular 8 1/2 inch piece of paper inside.

It is not.

It’s about as long as a Sharpie.

Huh. I thought this would be bigger.

Don’t get me wrong – it works, but you have to modify your paper. The directions say to fold a piece of paper until it fits, but it only will take a double-fold. You can’t fold it in fourths – it’s too much paper and you can’t get started. But once we figured it out it was quite fun. I gave Isabella all our unwanted mail and told her she couldn’t leave our house until the basket was full of shreds.

She did me proud.

I'm sorry that it's Lutheran World Relief (and Human Care) on top. I don't give money every time. Sorry.

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Lauren Sommerer is a preschool teacher who likes to build prototypes, grow cats, cook things once, save money, reduce, reuse and recycle.

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7 Responses to “Groan.”

  1. Gretchen Said on:

    I like the sound it makes! It seems like it should be used for food prep. I am trying to think of what food could be used in that thing. I suppose a fruit roll-up would gum it up a bit.


  2. Brad Said on:

    It looks like it’s just the right size for shredding dollar bills, if you ever had a need for that.


  3. Mark Said on:

    What the What???

    But…If you don’t give to Lutheran Word Relief and Human Care every time you get one of our letters…………….

    I lose my job!


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