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The Humble, But Fabulous, Paper Cup

 

Today's Snack: Naturally, you'll want to be eating your snack out of a paper cup. Try this good cereal mix: 1 C. Cheerios, C. unsalted peanuts, and a few chocolate chips or M&Ms. Stir gently and pour into a paper cup. It's a neat treat and you can take it practically anywhere!

 

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Supplies:

1 piece of 8" x 11" paper | ruler | pencil | scissors

 

 

Whoever came up with the invention of the paper cup is our friend. What a useful device! From one sheet of paper, you can make a cup that holds water.

 

One flat sheet of paper won't hold much water. The "invention" part is in the folding.

 

Paper is cheap and universally available, and everybody needs to drink. Those are the elements of a successful invention. Best of all, it's so simple to make!

 

You may not have a water dispenser, but you're probably familiar with the simple paper cups that usually come with them. That's the kind of paper cup you're going to make.

 

 

Start with a square of white paper - unlined, with no ink that might leak into the liquid. If you're using a common piece of 8" x 11" typing paper, cut off 2 inches from one end to form a 8-inch square.

 

Fold the square in half to form a triangle.

 

Fold the left side of the triangle in, and the right side of the triangle in. It will look like a mini envelope with the flap sticking straight up.

 

At the top, you'll have two triangles; fold them down on each side. Crease. Stick your fingers inside and work it apart into a rounded shape.

 

Voila! A cup! Open the top. Fill with cold water. Toast yourself! Bottoms up!

 

By Susan Darst Williams www.AfterSchoolTreats.com Inventions 01 2010

 

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