Simple and Easy Origami For Kids - Learn the Art of Folding Paper
Origami - the art of folding paper
Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper into fascinating figures. Perhaps an animal, boat, flower or even something that moves. There is a timeless appeal to this art; it has held people spellbound for over a thousand years.
The techniques of of folding paper into the beautiful and intricate forms of Origami are not difficult to learn, and is one of the better crafts for children to learn. Origami kits for children are popular and inexpensive; they provide a great learning experience for children and offer them the opportunity to create something themselves.
Easy origami kits for kids
There are many origami starter kits available, and most are suitable for kids in the 8 to 10 year age group. Some care must be taken to provide your child with a kit suitable for them; choose an origami kit that offers creations that might interest your child.
Most children love to make something that moves, and popular origami creations in this area might include a thumping heart or a frog that hops. Most kids (especially those with pets) will enjoy making animals or animal faces with their developing origami skills. A dog or cat face perhaps, or more exotic animals such as elephants or the ever popular dragon. An origami dragon can be very complex indeed, but many are easy and simply enough for children as well.
When choosing an origami kit for kids, be sure that it contains a good deal of paper. While origami figures can be made from nearly any paper, little fingers need paper that is easy to bend and fold. Typical copy paper is often too hard to work with for children as origami often requires folding several layers of paper at once and such paper is just too stiff for them. Most origami paper is also colored (often with designs) on at least one side and this will add considerably to the child's experience. A good substitute may be made by cutting Christmas wrapping paper into 7" or 12" squares, but additional paper is also readily available in many different sizes, designs and quantities for when the child has exhausted the supply in their kit and wishes to continue as are many books dedicated to origami creations with plans and instructions.
Origami paper from Amazon
Fold a beating heart
Here are the directions to form a beating heart. As a good substitute for regular origami paper, a 7" square of Christmas wrapping paper will do fine. The collection of photos below shows the individual steps.
- With the white side of the paper up, fold the left side in until it reaches the right side. Crease the center and unfold. This step is to provide a crease for future reference.
- Repeat, except fold the bottom side up to the top and again crease and unfold.
- Turn the paper over so that the "seam" is on the back.
- Fold each side into the center.
- Fold the top down about 1/2". Fold only the top layer, leaving the back layer as it is. This will require that the corners be opened as shown.
- Fold the two center corners of the back layer forward, exposing the red color.
- Fold the bottom half of both front and back layers nearly to the top and crease. Leave folded.
- Fold the top half down until it reaches the bottom edge.
- Fold each bottom corner up to the center on an angle. It should like up with the crease made in the first step. Only fold the front layers of paper.
- Fold the back two layers back in the same manner, and once more turn the paper over. You should now have a red heart.
- To make the hear "beat", unfold the back bottom two corners a little. Grasp these two corners and push them back and forth towards each other; the heart will beat.
Make an origami beating heartClick thumbnail to view full-size
A complex origami dragon
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