Paper Folding/Origami


Origami is a great project to re enforce and encourage following directions, orderly thought processes, math terms such as fractions, symmetry, triangle, rectangle,  etc., and is great for just basic manual skills.  Plus it’s material requirements are simple, you need only paper. You can stretch the assignment easily with glue, scissors, additional drawing/color and all the related concepts and vocabulary.

I usually start with making a simple cup from a square then go on to making hats, boats,  and puppets.

DSCN3230 Above is one of the puppet shapes that starts as a hat then turns into a boat then turns into one of two puppets.

DSCN3137Another puppet, with a bit of decoration.  Once I point out the possibility  of gluing and pasting yarn and additional paper, the students really take off.

DSCN2838It might be hard to see exactly what has transpired here.  A cup was made and decorated it was then glued onto a body form/puppet figure.  I like to see students go on a adapt and change the original idea if time permits.  Obviously, this student likes it.

DSCN3009Another decorated puppet.  Yarn, glue, scissors, and paper, it’s certainly a winning combination from a motor skills  and a student satisfaction standpoint.

DSCN3026Here’s Miss Ayumi with a crane she has folded from a larger than usual piece of paper.

DSCN3029A quick folded hat.  This or the folded cup is usually a place I start to teach origami


DSCN3032 A couple of students took big pieces of rectangular paper, taped them together to make one big piece of rectangular paper, then folded it into a larger than necessary hat.  It came out great and it was fun to see them work it out on their own.

DSCN3035Her is Miss Trinity assisting with one of the first grades.  It’s always nice to have help with the younger grades.  The class was working on folding hats.  It’s fun and instructive project for the younger grades. Just folding in half and following directions are a challenge at this age.

DSCN3089This student found some large paper at home and brought in a large version of the hat-puppet.  Although it’s nice to see the large version, it’s even greater, as a teacher, to see the students take the ideas home and repeat and alter them.

DSCN2974If you fold four of the hat-boats, you can stick them together to make a box.

DSCN2859This student does not understand the word, “enough” .  Apparently glue, tape, and yarn were a powerful lure.

DSCN2867Here’s another example of the hat-boat being made into boxes.

DSCN3228Here’s another big puppet folded using paper from the bulletin board roll.




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