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What is Origami? How does it benefit the Kids?

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23 November 2020

What is Origami?

Origami, the art of paper folding, is one of the activities that kids enjoy a lot. It is associated with Japanese culture.

The goal is to transform a flat square sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques. Modern origami practitioners generally discourage the use of cuts, glue, or markings on the paper.

Origami of a dinosaur

Origami can be a great way to teach students and give them ideas about different shapes, figures, and sizes. Children can learn about maths at home through fun activities that inspire conversations about numbers, geometry, and spatial relations. The same sheet of paper can look completely different depending on where and how it is folded.

The art of Origami or paper folding for kids has received a considerable hold over mathematical study.

Get ready to brainstorm new ideas, develop fine motor skills, impress your friends, and learn some interesting mathematical notions through this blog regarding Origami for kids. 

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What are the benefits of Origami?

Origami helps to understand and develop:-

  • Concepts of symmetry: Symmetry plays a very important role while understanding different folds of origami, thereby powering this concept among students.

  • Geometry: This branch of mathematics has to deal with different shapes and figures. Origami has been found to strengthen the understanding of geometric concepts.

Paper origami of 3D star

  • Mensuration: We can teach students how to measure angles and sides of different figures, remember their relevant perimeter, area, and other formulas, etc. 

  • Visualization: Students improve their visualization skills as they are practically able to understand concepts of the above-mentioned three points which further helps them in higher-level problems.

kid making a dog using origami

  • Fractions: Paper folding can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way and help students to understand how one-half, one-third and one-fourth can make different shapes.

  • Real-world applications: What do pizza boxes, paper bags, and fancy napkins have in common? You're right! Origami!

Origami paper bag

  • Thinking Skills: Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.


How to make things with Paper Origami?

After a lot of learning, let’s move ahead with the fun part. As you will be amazed to know that the techniques of Origami activity can teach you exceptional mathematical skills, similarly, you will be enthralled to make practical models using a simple piece of paper.

In this article, we have brought to you a step-by-step approach to 5 simple things that can be made using origami techniques.

1. Making a Boat

Step 1: Fold the square paper diagonally, from both the sides, making a triangle and unfold it, as shown in figure 1. 

Step 2: Fold the top of the paper down towards the central line of symmetry, as shown in figure 2.

Step 3: Fold the top layer outwards once again, as shown in figure 3, along the dotted line.

Step 4: Fold the tip of the paper down (inside) along the dotted line, as shown in figure 4.

Step 5: Now fold the paper into half, vertically, as shown in figure 5.

Step 6: Fold the paper back along the dotted line on both sides, as represented in figure 6. 

Step 7: Rotate the model facing the right direction.

Your paper boat is ready!

Steps to make a Boat origami

2. Cat Face 

Step 1: Fold the square paper diagonally making a triangle.

Step 2: Fold both the corners inside, as shown in figure 2.

Step 3: Fold both flaps of paper outside, as shown, along the dotted lines - represented in figure 3.

Step 4: Fold the top part of the paper down and the bottom two layers up and backward along the dotted lines - shown in figure 4.

Step 5: Turn the paper upside down and fold the top part of the front triangle down along the dotted line - shown in figures 5 and 6.

Your paper cat face is ready! Give some touch-up as shown.

steps to make a cat face origami

3. Origami Pikachu

Step 1: Fold a square paper diagonally and symmetrically making a triangle, as shown in figure 1.

Step 2: Fold the bottom vertex to meet the opposite side of the triangle, as shown in figure 2.

Step 3: Fold the other two vertices towards the center facing upwards as shown in figures 3 and 4.

Step 4: Fold the left and right corners to the center as shown in figures 5, 6, and 7.

Step 5: Fold the left ear diagonally to the left side, and the same with the right ear, as shown in figures 8 and 9.

Step 6: Fold the bottom, left, and right corner as shown in figures 10, 11, and 12, to flatten the chin and cheeks.

Step 7: Turn it upside down and give it a makeover to make it look like Pikachu.

Steps to make a an Origami Pikachu

4. Rabbit face as an Origami activity

Step 1: Fold a square paper diagonally and make a triangle, as shown in figure 2.

Step 2: Fold it symmetrically from the center again, as shown in figure 3.

Step 3: Unfold the second fold, as shown in figure 4.

Step 4: Fold a small portion of the largest side of the triangle upwards, as shown in figure 5.

Step 5: Fold the left and right bottom edges up towards the center forming the ears of the origami rabbit. This is shown in figures 6 and 7.

Step 6: Turn the figure upside down.

Step 7: Fold the top corner of the head downwards and inwards as shown in figure 9.

Step 8: Fold the bottom corner of the chin upwards and backward as shown in figure 10.

Your origami rabbit is ready.

steps to make a rabbit using origami

5. Making a Fox using the techniques of Origami

Step 1: Fold the square piece of paper diagonally in half, making a triangle, and then unfold it. Follow as shown in figure 1.

Step 2: Do the same, matching the other two corners also.

Step 3: Fold the left and the right vertices of the triangle inside towards the center meeting the third vertex and forming a square again. This is represented in figure 3.

Step 4: Fold the paper in half backward, as shown in figure 4.

Step 5: Open the tips of the paper and fold it outside as shown in figure 5 to make the head.

Step 6: Turn the model to make it sit upright, as shown in figure 6.

Step 7: Fold the side along the dotted line to make the tail, as shown in figure 7.

Your Paper fox is ready.

Steps to make a fox using Origami


Conclusion

Research says students who use origami in math perform better. There are a lot of simple and easy skills to learn in Origami activity. Mathematical ideas that are difficult to grasp become crystal clear.

High-school concepts can be very easily understood by children in lower grades. That is the beauty of Origami!

Many origami books begin with a description of basic origami techniques which are used to construct the models. This includes simple diagrams of basic folds like valley and mountain folds, pleats, reverse folds, squash folds, and sinks. There are also standard named bases which are used in a wide variety of models

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Who invented origami?

Many studies assert that origami was invented by the Japanese about a thousand years ago, but its roots may well be in China.

What are the benefits of origami?

Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning.

What is the most popular origami shape?

Crane. The traditional origami crane is perhaps the most popular example of origami. It uses a bird base, which is a square base plus two petal folds.


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