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Not So Lazy Days: Folding frogs

Updated on August 13, 2011
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Arts & Crafts

Being another sick day (this time for me), we kept the activity for today simple and indoors. I taught the boys how to make origami frogs.

When I was little, I used to make these frogs as if they were cranes. (It is said folding 1000 cranes makes a person's wish come true.)

To make this project, all you need is square-shaped paper (I took an 8x11, folded diagonally so the top side was even with the left side, then cut off the excess).

First, you must fold in half all ways (even diagonally).

Then, fold the top down to the half-fold. To shape the head, fold in the top corners to the vertical half-way line. The paper should now look like a fat arrow.

Next, fold both sides into the vertical half-way line twice. Now the paper should look like a thin arrow.

To make the legs. turn the paper over, then the bottom up about 1/2 an inch. Turn the paper back over, and fold the bottom up again the same width. Depending on how large you'd like your frog to be, you can repeat these two folds or leave as is.

Turn the project over and it is complete. The boys especially liked that the legs are springboards which make the frogs jump when you push the tip of you finger on them. The oldest one has decided his frog will now be a part of his Harry Potter Lego set.


The first image shows folds made on the right side to form the head (making the "fat arrow"). The second image shows the double folds made on the right side to form the first part of the legs (the "thin arrow").
The first image shows folds made on the right side to form the head (making the "fat arrow"). The second image shows the double folds made on the right side to form the first part of the legs (the "thin arrow").

About the Not So Lazy Days series

I've challenged myself to find a new activity to do five days a week every week of the kids' summer vacation. Activities will fall under one of three categories: Arts & Crafts, Sports & Games or Field Trips. Follow me on Twitter @readallaboutsam for immediate updates on posts!

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      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Oh, Samantha..why did you go to the hospital? I hope you are all better now. Thanks for the added visuals:) I appreciate your work.

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      Simone Haruko Smith 

      7 years ago from San Francisco

      Very cute! I've got a ton of origami paper lying around. I should put it to use and try this out!

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      Samantha Sinclair 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      finally got the extra photos added... computer didn't want to play nicely today...

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      Samantha Sinclair 

      7 years ago from North Carolina

      Thank you!

      @pedrn44, I was sick (went to the hospital and everything!), so even though I did think of adding photos for steps, I didn't have the energy to put forth the effort. Sorry I didn't do it initially. Check back late Saturday-- I planned to get top of adding more photos Saturday morning... I'm at about 75% now...

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      Jennifer Kessner 

      7 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Cute! =) I used to make these as well. Good luck with the rest of your summer not so lazy days!

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      Sandi 

      7 years ago from Greenfield, Wisconsin

      Smantha, I remember those days when my kids were young. We never did oragami...but other projects to keep everyone interested and certainly not bored. Hard work. Anyway, I need more visuals with the folding! Sorry, I am a visual person and don't think I could make these without a few more pics. Thanks for the hub. I want to learn!!

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