Date posted: January 15, 2015
Origami, the art of paper folding, uses a small number of basic folds in a variety of combinations to create simple and complicated designs. Because there’s so much variety, there’s something for all skill levels from simple to complex. And, the materials don’t have to be complicated.
For origami instructions, look for books at your local public library or find a site online. Here are two sites with a lot of instructions: Origami Resource Center and Origami Fun. And, for a fun origami model that moves, try Science World’s Origami Frog.
Did you know that origami is related to mathematics and engineering? Here’s a TED Talk from Robert Lang who describes some of the mathematics involved in origami and looks at how it’s been used to solve real world problems. This is a great talk to watch with older children who are origami enthusiasts.
Try origami at home, take a photo of your family with their creation and enter our Share Your Selfie Challenge. You could win a prize!