Origami Fun for Kids

Origami is a wonderful art form for teaching children about geometry as well as developing fine motor skills.

origami fun for kids

Sixteen years ago, I worked as a counselor at what had to be one of the world’s least organized summer camps for kids. The positive takeaway of what was overall a pretty miserable experience for counselors and, sadly, sometimes even campers, was a lifelong friendship with the two women I worked with. Last week G. came to visit and got my kids hooked on origami! We had dabbled in this art form a few times, but G. makes all sorts of amazing things. I was thrilled! Origami is a fun, mess-free activity for kids that builds spatial awareness and provides a foundation for geometry.

Origami Fun for Kids

origami for kids

Seven-year-old Johnny was especially enthusiastic, folding an entire zoo of origami animals and flowers. Those little folds make for excellent fine motor skills practice! They also help kids build their ability to pay attention to little details.

easy origami for kids

Six-year-old Lily received the My First Origami Kit (affiliate link) as a birthday present earlier this summer, and we discovered that the book that comes with that kit is our favorite in terms of providing clear, straightforward instructions. The book also covers a range of easy starter projects (like the fox above) to more complicated ones, and the paper it comes with is fun!

extending origami

Nine-year-old Emma made a few simple origami projects and then started mixing origami creations with glued-on paper scraps and details added using a pen, like the woman above.

Do your kids have a favorite origami shape that we should try making?

Share comments and feedback below, on my Facebook page, or by tagging me on InstagramSign up for my newsletter to receive book recommendations, crafts, activities, and parenting tips in your inbox every week.

MaryAnne lives in Silicon Valley with her Stanford professor husband Mike and their four children. She writes about parenting through education, creativity, and play. Mama Smiles - Joyful Parenting is a space to share crafts, hands on learning activities, and family outings that enrich lives and bring families together.

14 thoughts on “Origami Fun for Kids”

  1. It’s always nice to find a book that gives clear folding instructions. We’ve dabbled with origami too, but I don’t think we have a favorite shape – there are just too many to choose from :)

  2. Elisa | blissful E

    A friend’s teen son with Aspergers does the most amazing origami I have seen! He produces things that bewilder me – how does he manage to make an echidna, for example, from a single piece of paper? Such a fascinating art form. I hope he shows my kids how to do it sometime.

    1. Learning in person is definitely my favorite way to learn hands-on activities like origami, and it sounds like you have an excellent potential teacher!

  3. I’m so glad your kids enjoy origami too! My kids and I like to fold cranes and various other things. My son likes Shiruken throwing stars and weapons made from origami paper, but my girls like animals and boxes.

  4. Origami is so fun! We haven’t tried anything complicated yet but it might be time. My daughter would love Emma’s idea of origami paper dolls :) Thanks for featuring our STEM movie post from last week too!

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

shares
Scroll to Top