Do you love origami as much as we do? It’s a wonderful skill to hone. Children can learn to fold simply as toddlers, and can improve their skills over a lifetime! You’re never too young or too old to learn! Today we’re sharing 3 origami kits with you that cross different skill levels and interests.
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A little while back Tuttle Publishing sent us some great origami kits to try out and share with you. We took our time to really dig into them and try them out both here at home and with others as well.
Zen Origami Coloring Kit
This Zen Origami kit has 12 relaxing projects to color and fold by Nick Robinson, and comes with:
- 7 markers
- 60 Papers with pictures to colour (and fold)
- 12 mindful origami folding projects
- a full-colour instruction book
- Unlimited hours of enjoyment
I began this kit when I was having a bad technology day and a slow internet (like today, when a load of updates come through, I’ve lost work, and my open tabs were deleted). While I waiting for my laptop to catch up, I grabbed a piece of paper and started to colour! Yes, it helped to calm me down and pass the time productively!
The children also wanted to colour, so they worked on theirs on the train while I had some fun with the Beautiful Women: Japanese Prints Coloring Book. Such looks of concentration they have! This kit would be great for a group activity such as a birthday party; children would have time to colour and fold a piece to take home with them.
The designs are pretty, and as colourful as you’d like for them to be. Match the colours with your decor, leave them as black and white, or go wild! Don’t forget that it’s fun to use the papers of one kit with the designs in another!
This kit by Michael G. LaFosse has the following:
- 98 sheets of double-sided paper
- a 64-page full-colour instruction book
- 21 projects for all skill levels
There’s a variety of projects in this book that range from super-easy, to ones that require more concentration and skill, which makes it a good choice for children of multiple ages and abilities. We took this kit with us on the weekend to the annual Japan Society Christmas party. They always have some fun projects for the children to do, and we thought we’d add another option. Tristan and Kallista took it over to the activity room and when we walked over later to check on them, they were sitting happily folding projects, and so were other children. I just knew this kit would be a hit!
This Origami City kit by Joel Stern contains:
- a fold-out city map play mat that is full-colour on one side and a black on white outline on the reverse so that children can colour it it their own style.
- 40 sheets of paper.
- Over 130 stickers to add character to the designs.
- 12 different projects.
- a full-colour instruction booklet.
This kit looks simple, but takes a little knack to get used to the different way of folding. Or maybe it just takes a fresh outlook as while I had trouble with my first tractor trailer, Tristan had no trouble joining the train carriages together!
Tristan and I took this kit with us on the train to Belfast as part of a mother-son afternoon; and of course he first chose the train project.
Then he worked on an airplane, and finished it up at home by adding a popsicle stick to it so he could fly it around. Kallista made a tree, and it was fun to set it all up on the play map. It isn’t to scale, but it’s fun for kids.
Add in some animals from the Animal Origami kit, or other kits you have at home, and you can really have some fun! Why not bring out the mat from the Zoo Origami kit, and the Airport as well. Now you’re talking!