Origami is an excellent way to entertain children at the same time as stimulating their imagination. Making simple origami figures following a few easy steps will help children to discover the wonderfully fun world of paper art. Want to find out how? Here we will tell you!
Originating from Japan, origami is based around a combination of techniques used to create figures by folding paper without the need of cutting pieces away or by using any glue. As well as being entertaining, children will gain a series of benefits from stimulating their creativity, improving their coordination skills and they will have a better understanding of mathematics by the use of geometry.
Origami quite literally means “to fold paper” and in its origins, was a hobby reserved exclusively for the rich as making paper was very costly. Cultures and pastimes are constantly evolving but the art of origami has been able to survive and even thrive, in large part because of its simplicity and suitability for all different ability levels.
Benefits and Advantages of Origami
Introducing origami to children is essentially to stimulate their cognitive development by showing them how to make these simple figures. Origami will also stimulate children’s artistic capabilities as these hands-on activities accelerate the development of the brain by requiring the use of coordination and organizational skills. Many of the skills that they develop will be very useful as they get older:
Stimulation of the imagination. As children will create their own works of art with origami, the main benefit of this activity is the stimulation of their imagination.
Hand-eye coordination. To create a perfect figure using the correct folding techniques requires precision and excellent hand-eye coordination.
Patience and perseverance. Children will learn that they sometimes need multiple attempts for their figure to be perfect. Learning about the importance of trial and error will be very useful for them.
Improvements to their memory skills. As origami requires you to remember the order and types of folds for a correct assembly, your memory skills are given a constant workout.
Improvements in concentration, both visually and mentally.
Improvements in spatial awareness.
Improvements to self-esteem. Every achievement is a boost for morale.
Relaxation. Children are able to take their mind off other stressful situations or worries by concentrating on a new pastime.
How to do a Paper Piggy Face
The art of folding paper requires the use of skills that are similar to the ones used whilst handwriting. During this activity, you and your children will spend a pleasant time together making this paper piggy face. All you need is a sheet of pink A3 or A2 sized paper available from any stationery store.
Carefully follow these instructions in the correct order, making sure that you take your time and check after each step to make sure that the right action has been followed. A good piece of advice? Avoid fully completing any folds before making sure that you are ready for the next step. If the fold is correct then continue to the next. Let’s begin!
1. Place a sheet of paper in front of you and turn it 45 degrees to make a diamond shape.
2. Join the right corner of the diamond with the left corner, pressing together the fold so it lays flat.
3. Take the top corner and join it together with the bottom corner, again pressing down on the fold to make it flat.
4. You will have a kind of half rectangle with a corner at the bottom.
5. Fold this corner upwards without going far enough to affect the half rectangle, then with the small triangle that is formed, fold back again the corner (only on one side), this is the piggy’s nose.
6. Once you can see the snout, draw two small black circles to make its nostrils.
7. Now fold inwards the two top corners, these are the ears.
8. To finish, draw two black circles slightly underneath the ears, these are the eyes!
What do you think of your new creation? The finer skills of origami are astonishing, and apart from keeping us entertained, your creations can always come in handy for gift cards or even decorations for your child’s room. There are endless lists of figures available to make using origami, but make sure you start your children off with simple options to get them going and so that they can easily remember the necessary steps. They will have a great time!
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