Origami is fun and rewarding for both adults and children. These 10 great origami projects for kids are a perfect rainy day or anytime activity.
Depending on how old your kids are, they may need your help to complete some of these origami projects. Here are some tips to make each project successful:
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These little modular origami cubes are made using six sheets of square paper, made into inter-locking units. The simplest thing to make from these "sonobe" units is this little origami cube. Younger children may need some help the first time they make one of these. You can also turn these origami cubes into hanging decorations with a bit of ribbon or string.
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Did you know you can make a set of finger puppets using origami?
You can make origami finger puppet cats, dogs, bears, pandas, and foxes by folding the ears differently and drawing on a different face. Use different colors and patterns for more variety, and for even more decorative puppets, you can embellish them with stickers, glitter, sequins, and other crafty decorations.
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Making these origami Xs and Os is a great activity for two kids. Instead of drawing Xs and Os on multiple sheets of paper, they can create a set of origami tic-tac-toe that can last a long time. Using these 3-D Xs and Os also makes it easier to explain the tactics of the game, without needing to rub out or re-draw the game.
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Loop-De-Loop Origami Plane
Instead of making paper airplanes that fly a long way (knocking things over and scaring the pets) make some origami loopy planes. These easy origami airplanes fall in little loops. Kids can have competitions to see how far it loops or how many loops the plane does before hitting the ground.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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These traditional origami boats will float nicely in water—you can float them in a pond, river, or even the sink and bathtub. Have each child make one from a different colored sheet of paper to have a boat-floating race. Or a great learning activity is to see how much weight the boats can carry across your sink or bath. After building this boat try making an origami crane.
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You may remember making these origami fortune tellers (sometimes called "cootie catchers") with your school friends. There are many ways to play the fortune game, and you add your answers inside. As a bonus, if you turn these origami fortune tellers upside down, they make great little dishes for snacks, or to hold small objects, such as paper clips.
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Make some origami pinwheels that spin. All you need is one sheet of square paper, a wooden stick of some kind, and a push pin.
You can optionally decorate the stick with ribbons, Washi tape, or paint.
This is an origami project for slightly older kids, as the project requires a push pin, which they may need some help with.
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One of the simplest origami projects for kids is this adorable origami puppy face, which takes only a couple of minutes to make. You can also turn it into a cat, bear, panda, or fox by folding the ears differently and adding the appropriate face. You can attach them to sticks, or make them into greetings cards with a message on the back.Continue to 9 of 10 below.
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Here's a simple origami house that evens stands up on its own. Your kids can decorate the house with doors, windows, and chimneys. If made with large paper, these can be quite detailed. You can create a display using these origami houses. Stick them onto a larger sheet of paper and kids can draw the sky, trees, garden, roads, and cars too. This origami project is great for kids ages five and up (with some help).
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While origami only requires paper, some of these projects could include other craft supplies, such as pens, paint, or stickers, so your kids can express their creativity—and this makes each project more unique.
Not only is origami an entertaining challenge, it's great for teaching children some basic math skills, such as folding halves and quarters.