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Fold Me A Poem

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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.

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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.

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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! 

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Fold a Cat:

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  • 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:

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  • 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.