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