Easy Origami for Kids

They actually do classes and courses in origami, which just goes to show that there is more to it than simply grabbing a piece of paper and folding it up.  I have personally always been an expert in making elaborate folds in a piece of paper, rendering it smaller and smaller before exclaiming “pellet” just to see the look on people’s faces.  However, this really isn’t a trick to teach kids, because it will make them feel like origami is beyond the realm of their capabilities.  Why not  have a go and try to work with some of the following models that are easy to make.

The Origami Hat

The hat is very easy to do and a great idea, because kids can actually use it for something afterwards.  It is so easy that even the very young should be able to do it, therefore you won’t get stressed out children throwing scrunched up balls of paper all over the room because they are ticked off about not doing it. So, how do you make a boat?  First of all, you need a rectangular piece of paper.  If at all possible, get one with one colour on one side and a different colour on the other side, just to make your hat look better.  You could get the kids to decorate to sides of a piece of paper for instance.  Next, fold the piece of paper in half along its length and unfold it again.  Then fold it in half along its width, bringing to top of the paper to the bottom.  Next, fold the corners at the top to the centre line (this is the one you created by folding and unfolding the paper in the first step).  You are then left with a misshapen triangle.  Fold the first layer of the bottom upwards and fold it in half once more for support.  Then do the same on the other side, and you’ve actually got yourself a hat.  That’s how easy it is.

The Origami Boat

The origami boat is a little bit harder, but at least the first steps are exactly the same.  Basically, you fold a boat right the way to the end, only you don’t fold the last flap twice for extra support but leave it as it is.  Then, you bring the corners of the brim of the hat towards each other, tucking the bits that you only folded twice in on each other.  You should now be left with a square.  Fold the corners of the square out, forming a smaller triangle.  Squash this once more, forming an even smaller square and pull the corners out and you’ve got yourself a boat.  One that floats no less!  You can also then tell the story of the ship in the storm that lost its mast (rip off the top of the “sail” of the ship).  Unable to steer, it crashed into the rocks (rip off one corner of the ship) and then the front crashed into another rock (rip off the other corner of the ship).  Then ask the children what they think the only thing was that was ever retrieved from the ship.  Unfold your ship and find out what it is. No matter how great you are at origami, you won’t be able to do any of it without school art supplies.

Carlo Pandian is a freelance writer based in UK and blogs about education, arts and design covering everything from Hope Education art supplies to DIY techniques. He loves reading great artist biographies and speaking at conferences about creativity and inspiration.

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