A young boy sits in the back of a room with a stack of colored paper. Fold by fold an assorted group of animals come to life through poetry and play.
This absolutely wonderful book by Kristine O'Connell brings poetry to life. Have fun folding some animals of your own and then be sure to share them here.
When doing origami with children I love to use 12 x 12 scrapbooking paper. It's large enough to let little hands figure out all of the folding on a larger surface. Once they learn it they usually like to work on smaller paper. Enjoy!
Fold a Cat:
- Start with a 12"x12" piece of square paper.
- Fold it corner to corner,color side out to make a triangle.
- Fold the left corner to the right corner to make a smaller triangle
- Now unfold the triangle so it lays flat again. This is your center line
- Fold each side corner upwards to make the ears.
- Fold the top corner down towards you.
- Flip the cat over and draw eyes, ear, nose and mouth.
Fold a Whale:
- Start with a 12"x12" piece of square paper. Pattern side down.
- Turn paper so a corner is at the top and the bottom.
- Fold the right corner to the left corner to make a triangle.
- Open it back up.
- Fold the left and right sides to meet the crease in the center.
- Fold the top tip down to meet the folded sides.
- Fold the entire whale in half.
- Rotate it 90 degrees so that the tip is on the left.
- Fold the point of the whale up to make the tail.
- Turn it over and here's your whale. Feel free to draw a face.