After a long and challenging school week, it’s nice to end it on a fun note. In other words, art!
So, this past Friday, our lesson was on Origami, the Japanese art of folding paper. This brought back some fond memories for me, growing up with my childhood best friend, who was Japanese-American. I spent many Saturdays at her house, sitting with her mom and learning the art of Origami. How rewarding it is to watch my children learn this new thing with the same excitement I had as a child!
I started them off with really simple shapes and figures, so that they can follow the instructions on their own without too much help from me. The next time we do this, I think my older kids are ready for the more complicated folds.
This is a really simple and fun activity to do with your children. You don’t have to have Origami paper, but the colors and patterns make it very bright and lively, which most definitely appeal to children. The paper should be thin and easy to fold. I think gift wrap paper should work too.
I didn’t have any Origami or gift wrap paper on hand, so we made do. I had lots and lots of scrapbook paper however (Call it a failed hobby). The problem with scrapbook paper, though, is that it’s too thick. But since the figures we worked on were very simple, it all worked out.
I may have to pay a visit to the art store soon to get some Origami paper. I have a feeling this is going to be a requested activity this summer.
If you want to give this a try, the Origami instructions we used can be found here.
Click here to see their finished works.