This blog is an ode to our paper activity ancestors, Origami.
Did you know Origami is actually one of the world’s oldest forms of both art and craft? Literally meaning, “folding paper”, the act of folding paper into basic shapes and figures dates back to the Edo period (1603 – 1867) in Japan.
Here are some reasons why we think Origami ROCKS:
Paper. All you need is paper and your two hands, that’s it! Who doesn’t have a piece of paper within an arm’s reach?
With a few simple folds, you can create a stunning origami masterpiece. Create folded geometric feats from a simple piece of paper.
Origami goes beyond a few folds. It’s a great activity for improving your thinking skills and problem solving. Often there are videos like these that teach you how to fold, step by step: Origami Crane (Folding Instructions).
If you’re like us, you’ll give anything a try and then do it your own way. However, frustrating the learning process may be at times, you are actually improving your problem-solving skills even when your bird ends up looking like a dog.
If you’re looking for an accessible craft that helps build your design intuition, try origami.
If you’re looking to add a little more STEM to your activities, try adding a little Paper Punk in the mix. Paper Punk is the best of both worlds, LEGO + Origami.