After you are finished experimenting with paper and building, cutting and folding to make all kinds of fun things, let’s settle down a little and make some really beautiful things with paper.
Origami, has been done by children for many, many, years. It is a great way to work the small motor muscles in their hands and arms, at the same time it can be a lesson. Origami Cranes were made for the children that lost their lives in the Atomic Bomb that decimated Japan during the Second World War and have become an international symbol of peace since then. That is where origami starts with most children, learning how to make those cranes. What’s amazing is that cranes are just the beginning of what can be folded with paper.
I have found a whole bunch of books that will have your child and you folding paper into all kinds of wonderful creations, and they are all fairly easy to do.
Do your children love animals? Then there are origami animals that will keep them folding for hours on end. Bears, dogs, cats, birds, elephants and much more, all with simple instructions to make folding a joyful pastime.
There is even a book that will help you fold your way to Star Wars happiness, making R2D2’s, C3PO’s, Darth Vaders and some fantastic star ships too.
Not into those types of shapes? Then there are modular origami foldings that just look fantastic and leave you breathless with their beauty.
Flowers, boxes, animals, paper planes, and paper masks that move can all be fashioned in the Origami ways of Paper Folding. Get one or two of these books for your youngsters and they will be busy creating all kinds of wonderful and some useful items that are beautiful too.