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Crafty Kids - Paper Craft
Paper Crafts are great projects to do with kids.
On nice days, we are most likely to be found at the park, zoo or in the backyard playing, but when the weather is not so great we have loads to indoors. Paper crafting is one of my favorites since we can do so many different things, but often with the same materials I have on hand. This means that my kids are never bored doing the "same thing as last time" but my craft supply drawer isn't overflowing with junk.
The Japanese Art of Paper Folding.
Probably the most famous category of paper crafting is Origami. On a family trip to Hawaii when I was eight, I first learned how to fold an origami crane. We used three different sized paper to make a small medium and large crane, and then strung them together on a string. Those cranes hung from my bedroom for years as a pleasant reminder of out trip, and I still to this day enjoy folding the cranes from various sized and textured papers.
Video: How to Make an Origami Crane - It's wings flap if you've folded it correctly.
This isn't the same crane as I learned to fold in Hawaii, but it is the favorite of my five year old daughter. She loves to flap the wings!
A Good Intro Level Origami Book
If you are looking for a good intro origami book for your family. then I recommend this as your first choice. It is easy to follow, even for children. It offers a nice selection of projects for you to progress through. It is possible for a child to do every one of these. (I can't say the same for my first origami book- I think I could only do 2 or 3.)
Look What You Can Make With...
This book series can give you lots or inspiration to make paper crafts using various materials you likely have on hand.