With spring here and thoughts of summer approaching, it’s a great time to get kids interested in what’s ‘up there’ beyond earth. They can stay up and gaze at the stars at night, and during the day, they can have some fun with Air and Space Origami: Realistic Paper Rockets, Spaceships, and More! which is a great follow-on from Origami Galaxy.
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Tuttle Publishing kindly sent Tristan the Air and Space Origami kit to review as they know how much he loves this topic. It’s a little more challenging than Origami Galaxy, so why not combine the kits and have projects for the whole family to do, or grow from one to the other.
The Air and Space Origami Kit Contains:
- Instruction book for 14 origami models
- 48 Double-sided origami papers
- Over 185 stickers
Inside the instruction book, there is information about The Adventure of Flight, as well as some additional information about each model that is included. This makes the kit more interesting for children, and us parents can enjoy them learning a little extra, too.
Air and Space Projects
Tristan’s first project was, of course, the Spy Plane. There’s something about spying that appeals to children. It is one of the easier models in this kit, but it looks great.
I wanted to try something out, too, and this Space Pod caught my eye as we will be going to see Tim Peake’s spacecraft while it is vising Northern Ireland. What a fun experience that will be! Of course, this origami model is coloured beautifully and must be freshly constructed without having to go through the perils of atmospheric burn. I had some extra fun making colourful ‘space rocks‘ to go with it.
Next up for Tristan was the Space Plane. It’s not showing up here, but he made an upgrade to it so that it has it’s own stand. Traditional space planes can travel up and return back to earth. Maybe one day Tristan will experience space flight personally – stranger things have happened.
Speaking of strange, what would an Air and Space Origami kit be without including a Martian? Kallista was able to put this one together and give it a little personality. It stands on its own and watches over the goings-on around the house. I think it’s quite cute.
As you know, things don’t always go according to plan, and sometimes one needs to practice, practice, practice before success is achieved. So I thought I’d share these ‘incomplete’ origami projects.
I’ve been working on the Astronaut, but there’s one fold that is giving me some trouble, which means it’s currently headless. Kallista is working on getting the Space Shuttle rounded out, and Tristan has two planes on the go. What these pieces are doing is teaching perseverance, determination, and keeping calm. Sometimes all it takes is to walk away and come back a little later for things to fall into place, while other times, it takes more effort.
This kit would be a great one to bring out for a school project, a birthday party, a space launch, or school holiday when your children say they are ‘bored.’
If you’re interested in purchasing Air and Space Origami, it’s available through:
- Tuttle Publishing
- Great bookstores near you
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