Summer is fast approaching and without a doubt, children everywhere will be saying, “Mom, I’m bored.” Get ready to stop that phrase when you bring out Origami Games For Kids: Action Packed Games and Paper Folding Fun! Children can fold origami and make their own games to use over and over again.
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Tuttle Publishing kindly sent the children the Origami Games For Kids kit for them to review, and they’ve been coming back to it when they’re looking for something to do. They build the components piece by piece and then after they finally get the right combination completed, they play.
Origami Games For Kids Kit Contains:
- 15 Exciting Games
- 48 Sheets of origami paper
- Full-colour instruction book
- 75 Stickers
The papers in this kit are rectangular and solid colours on both sides. Once you run out of paper, you can simply use ‘regular’ coloured or plain printer paper that you can decorate yourself.
How Origami Games Works
There are 15 games included in this kit, and each game has one or several origami elements to it. Some of the elements can also be used for more than one game. Other than paper, you will only need a few pennies and you’re ready to go!
Follow the directions to fold the origami games elements, and then gather them up, read the directions of the game you want to play, and you’re on your way.
My children worked a little in reverse; rather than choose a game and then fold the elements, they folded elements (there are 15) and then decided on which of the 15 games they could play.
Origami Games Included
As you will see, the games my children played all worked well on a table, but they can also be played on a floor. We made a visit to our library to borrow their table for our photos as we currently have several projects taking place at home that have left us with little space for action photography.
This one was a bit of a challenge for Tristan to fold the paper into a sturdy pyramid, but he did it. The object is to balance the wing on the top and then spin it around? Who can make it go round the most times?
Basketball for small spaces – I love it! It takes a little getting used to, but done correctly you can fling the ball across the library if you’re not careful!
Can you slide the triangular chip under the ghost without knocking it down? It’s akin to pulling a table cloth off a set table – you must be firm and quick.
Take turns attempting to have the frogs leap over each other.
Try to slide a penny under the dragon without it being caught by the dragon (controlled by a second player). The player with the most coins at the end wins.
Use your breath to sail the boat through the waves in the shortest time. This one reminds the children of an exercise video I sometimes use, which makes them giggle.
Thoughts About Origami Games For Kids
One thing I like about Origami Games For Kids is that there are games that can be done by one player, two or more players, or even teams of participants, which makes it very versatile. Children are using their fine motor and coordination skills both to fold, and to play these games, which is great. And when the play is done, the pieces can either be folded down and tucked away for another time, or if need be from too much use, they can be recycled and remade again the next time.
This games kit would be a lot of fun at a birthday party, for a school class to play in stations, or for grandparents to have tucked away in a cupboard for when the grandkids show up unexpectedly. Just remember to join in and have some fun, too!
If you’re interested in purchasing Origami Games For Kids: Action Packed Games and Paper Folding Fun! it’s available through: