You’re probably spending more time at home this month, and perhaps you’re looking for something to keep you children occupied, particularly on rainy days when you have to spend time indoors. It’s always a good idea to keep something up your sleeve for those times, and Pocket Size Origami Fun will actually fit up your sleeve!
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Thank you to Tuttle Publishing for sending us this kit in exchange for our honest review; they know we’re always us for fun of any size! On this occasion, good things come in small packages.
Pocket Size Origami Fun Contains
- Twelve gorgeous and colourful folding papers
- A mini instruction book that contains 7 projects
There’s a quick key in the front of the book that explains the main symbols used in the book, which was written by Michael G. LaFosse.
The difficulty levels of these projects vary, so with a little help if needed, younger children up to adults will be able to have some fun. Tristan was able to follow the directions and do most projects on his own, just asking for a hand now and then on the patterns he hasn’t previously done.
These projects can be found in other kits by LaFosse, but these are classic designs and fun, just as it says on the box.
The iconic origami crane is included, and a must-know for any origami enthusiast. (For more origami crane fun, see our posts about Origami Peace Cranes: Friendships Take Flight, and The Complete Story of Sadako Sasaki). We even made some at the local hinamatsuri this year that will be heading to Hiroshima as part of a Northern Ireland project.
Why not make the pinwheel and attach it to the end of a pencil, straw, or pipe cleaner and take it outdoors and watch it spin!
The blow-up balloon cube is one of my favourites; it’s not too difficult (be sure to make your creases sharp) and blowing it up and watching it inflate is always a wow moment. Then you can have some fun batting it around the house for entertainment. You could even make a few and display them in a bowl for decor.
The masu box can be used to hold snacks, a colourful array of sweets, or be used to hold trinkets on a dresser. The uses are endless.
Make a couple of jumping frogs and set up a race! We’ve done this in the past and the kids loved it!
Fold up the fur seal – it’s one of the easiest – and use it when you’re children are learning about the sea or climate change.
The butterfly is so pretty, too! Why not make several of them and decorate a classroom or bedroom for a summer feel?
This kit would be great to keep in your car’s glove box, a purse or backpack for when you are travelling or have unexpected delays before medical appointments, travel, or any manner of things. You could also use it for a gift for birthdays or holidays, too, of course.