Origami is the art of folding paper. It gets its name from the Japanese terms ori (“folding”) and kami (“paper”). Traditional origami involves folding a single square sheet of paper (typically with a colorful side) into a sculpture without cutting, gluing, taping, or even labeling it.
Origami can be incredibly complex with lifelike representations or simple patterns that are simpler to fold but yet quite recognizable.
Benefits of Origami
Other modes of learning are stimulated by origami. Hands-on learning has been found to increase spatial visualization skills. Such abilities enable children to understand, classify, and create their own vernacular for the world around them. With the help of origami, kids can take on challenges that aren’t assigned to them and make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).
Origami is one activity that combines both cerebral and physical stimulation. Hand-eye coordination, fine motor abilities, and mental attention are all aided by origami. The usage of one’s hands directly stimulates brain locations.
Easy Origami Crafts for Kids
Here are some quick, easy, and fun origami crafts for your kids
Easy Origami Whale
- Craft paper that is blue at least on one side
- Paper glue (if required)
|Step 1||If your craft paper is not a perfect square, cut it into a square of 10×10 or 12×12. Cut the extra paper by folding it diagonally from one corner.|
|Step 2||Fold inwards from one side to meet the center crease (make sure the blue side of the paper is outside and the white stays inside).|
|Step 3||To make the face, fold in a little triangle from the top|
|Step 4||Fold the paper in half longitudinally.|
|Step 5||Make a tail fold at the other end.|
|Step 6||Using a pair of scissors, cut a small slit in the folded part of the tail to separate it.|
|Step 7||Make tiny folds at both ends of the tail to resemble the image.|
|Step 8||It’s time to correct the eyes! Stick on small googly eyes or simply mark them with a black marker.|
Your gorgeous little whale is all set to go!
Easy Origami Rabbit
- Origami Paper.
|Step 1||Fold your paper in half to make a triangle.|
|Step 2||Fold the creased side of the triangle up about 3/4″.|
|Step 3||Fold one side toward the center, line up the points, and crease.|
|Step 4||Match it on the other side.|
|Step 5||Turn it around, and fold the bottom up about 1″. This will be the base.|
|Step 6||Flip it over.|
|Step 7||Fold the top point inside to create the top of the rabbit’s head. Crease.|
|Step 8||Give your rabbit a face.|
Your rabbit is ready to hop on!
Easy Origami Heart
Step 1 – Start with a square piece of origami paper with the white side up.
Step 2 – The paper should be folded in half from top to bottom, then unfolded.
Step 3 – Then unfold after folding the left corner to the right corner.
Step 4 – Fold the top corner to the center.
Step 5 – Fold the bottom corner to the top edge.
Step 6- Hold the bottom left and right edges to the center crease.
Step 7 – Fold the top and side corners back.
Your cute little heart is ready to be passed on!
A unique and entertaining approach to learn while having fun is through origami! Numerous advantages of origami have been linked to improved brain growth. Origami simply needs paper, but some of these crafts may also call for additional supplies like paint, stickers, or markers to let your kids express their creativity and give each craft a more one-of-a-kind look.
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