The Art of Folding Paper

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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.

imageThis 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.

Happy Folding!

Click here to see their finished works.

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7 thoughts on “The Art of Folding Paper

  1. Wow, they did such a great job!! I may have to do most the work but I think I am going to try this with my daughter, she will think it is so fun!!

    1. How old is your daughter? She might be able to handle the easiest level. Maybe just guiding her paper without actually folding, but I’m sure she’ll insist on doing all the folding and creasing herself. Have fun!

    1. About the failed hobby, I hope I’m not alone in that. My first kid has 3 scrapbooks and 2 photo albums, documenting every month of his first 2 years of life. The rest of my kids are lucky to get their photo framed and hung up on the wall. 🙂

      1. I briefly thought about scrapbooking, but quickly found it was way too involved and expensive to keep up! I didn’t even finish one book. 😛
        I’ve just kept family photo albums up over the years. 😉

    1. I was wondering if anyone would notice the people in the boats. 🙂 That was my 5-year-old’s idea! Thanks for stopping by!

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