Do you have youngsters who love to be creative, but can’t always think of how to focus that creativity into something on their own? If you’re not looking forward to hearing “I’m bored,” over the coming weeks, then I have just the thing for you! Origami Fun For Kids will keep your youngsters busy and happy.
Tuttle Publishing sent us Origami Fun For Kids after Kallista had such fun with First Origami For Kids. The items she made from that kit have been sent all over the world! Now that Kallista has the hang of paper folding, and can understand some of the illustrations on her own, this kit is a great fit.
This boxed kit comes with 60 papers to create 20 fun projects. It also comes with an instruction booklet and even a DVD! Stickers are also included for extra fun.
Although the vast majority of these projects are easy enough for children to make on their own once they understand the basics of origami, I will admit that I did use the DVD video for making the flower. I just couldn’t get my head around one of the folds. After watching the video (it doesn’t contain any speaking, just some background music) I went back to the flower and had no trouble completing it 🙂 . The enjoyed seeing how the projects were made by someone in-the-know. It always adds confidence when you see someone else making a beautiful origami model with ease.
A card-holder she folded at the library came in handy for holding some little paper tiles for a home work assignment, it was just the right size.
Another day at the library, Kallista decided she wanted to make one of the librarians a project. In honour of Queen Elizabeth’s birthday that week, a queen finger puppet was chosen. The finger puppets in this kit (King, Queen, Prince, Princess, Jester, Knome, and Fairy) are just so cute and can be personalized in any way a child can think of. Colouring, glitter, pompoms, let their imaginations run wild!
Kallista has been having such a fun time folding these creative projects, some days it seems she just can’t get enough of them. Kallista loves to do homework and believe it or not some days she wants to just do more and more.
Origami makes us both happy when I explain to her that it also counts as engineering when she follows the directions (with a little help when needed), and makes the folds and thinks about how a piece of flat, square paper will turn into a 3D object.
The more Kallista creates through origami, the better she gets and the more she wants to do! Her previous creation have been sent around the world from England to Canada and Japan. I think this Christmas we’ll have a nice collection of characters and models to send with our cards. At least the kids will be ready for Christmas, unlike me!
Yesterday we visited the Ulster Museum to see Takabuti, an Egyptian mummy. This kit just also happens to have instructions on making a pyramid and a sphinx in it, so there’s no need to guess what we’ll be doing this week during our Ancient Egypt unit study!
If you’re interested in purchasing this kit or other Japanese items found in it, here are some Amazon links (affiliate) for you: