Origami is one of those activities I sometimes enjoy more than my kids, it’s a great activity to do when the weather is wet or cold outside, the animals and shapes we make usually leads to some other type of activity, such as a puppet show, or building a Zoo or Ark.
When I was younger, my mum was an emergency relief teacher. Having a few activities up her sleeve at a minutes notice was her specialty. It wasn’t unusual that she would be ambushed at school drop off to take on a class due to a teacher being unwell. With no lesson plans or preparation, mum was always able to create a few activities with origami to keep the kids occupied; whilst she worked out what it was planned for the class for the day.
Origami was one of those activities that was always popular with a classroom. I still have friends today that recall the Paper Bird Beak, that she would make with kids. It was always obvious at lunch time that mum had been at the school, as a swarm of kids would enter the playground with their brightly coloured bird beaks. The other bonus with her making origami, was that every classroom had paper and pencils, the only requirements for anyone attempting it.
Origami Links and Apps
Whilst I have always had a few origami tricks up my sleeve to entertain my own kids, by installing an app app titled How to Make Origami on my phone and using my favourite origami website: HowSet.com, I have been able to add to my catalogue of tricks. My favourite being the Jumping Frog. Any origami that not only looks like it should, but also can move is a winner with kids
I will be the first to admit, that sometimes I have more fun making these than the kids do. I also have had some epic fails when making them, but usually with a few defining detail lines, the character can be saved.