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Paper Cranes and Kidlit Origami Books for Kids

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Today is World Origami Day!

In case you are not entirely sure what exactly that is (or what it means), here’s a little backstory.

In September 2005, OrigamiUSA suggested the idea of celebrating October 24th as a special origami day to celebrate the birthday of Lillian Oppenheimer (1898-1992), co-founder of OrigamiUSA as well as the British Origami Society. Mr. Makoto Yamaguchi, the editor of Origami House, heard about this idea and reminded us that Japan already had a date defined as the origami day: November 11th (or 11/11). So it was proposed that we consider the complete time between October 24th and November 11th as the World Origami Days, or WOD for short.

November 11 also is Origami Day in Japan where the paper crane has become a symbol of peace.

World Origami Day

Paper Cranes and Kidlit Origami Books for World Origami Day

When we think of paper cranes, the first book that comes to mind is Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes by Eleanor Coerr

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes

The story goes that Eleanor revisited Hiroshima in 1963 and saw the statue of Sadako in the Hiroshima Peace Park. Impressed by the stories she heard about Sadako’s talent for running, courage when faced with cancer, and determination to fold one thousand paper cranes, Eleanor was inspired to find a copy of Kokeshi, Sadako’s autobiography. The book inspired her to create a biography of Sadako Sasaki, on that American children could read and enjoy.

Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes has been translated into many languages and has moved both children and adults to write plays, perform ballets, compose songs, and collect money for peace statues-all celebrating Sadako and her wish for peace. Eleanor has visited schools all around the world encouraging her audiences to work for a nonviolent world. Folded cranes are everywhere, and always underneath the statue of Sadako in Hiroshima’s Peace Park. SOURCE.


More Wonderful Origami Books for Kids

Origami Peace Cranes by Sue DiCicco (Tuttle Publishing)

**Winner Creative Child Magazine 2018 Preferred Choice Award**

Origami Peace Cranes is a multicultural children’s book about the capacity for friendship in all of us, and the power of small, but meaningful actions.

When Emma moves to a new town, she’s afraid she’ll never make friends. She tries her hardest to make a good impression on her new classmates. Through a paper crane origami project, her classmates show her that they really want to get to know her. Later, when a new family moves into her neighborhood, Emma has a great idea how to make them feel welcome!

Fold Me a Poem by Kristine O’Connell

This wonderful book brings poetry to life through the art of paper folding, also-known-as Origami. Kristine O’Connell George is one of the principal voices in contemporary children’s poetry. Since her first highly-acclaimed book, The Great Frog Race was published in 1997, her poetry has generated excitement and earned honors and praise.

Origami for Kids

Kristine offers tips on her website and even a downloadable Teachers Guide for Origami folding. We hope you enjoy folding some animals of your own experimenting with different shapes and styles.

Origami Fun for Kids Kit: 20 Fantastic Folding and Coloring Projects: Kit with Origami Book, Fun & Easy Projects, 60 Origami Papers by Rita Foelker

Origami for kids

*Winner of the 2016 Creative Child Magazine Preferred Choice Award**

Origami Fun for Kids is a great way to foster creativity by providing dozens of different paper activities!

Nothing beats the sense of accomplishment that kids gain from making something with their own hands. Parents will love this kit as it allows kids to learn and play at their own pace—and maybe they’ll even join in the fun!

  • Introduce your child to the basics of folding by folding up old standbys like a paper sailboat, a heart, and a flower.
  • Create a practical pencil holder and a candy tray—great gifts your child can give with pride.
  • Fold up a snake, an anteater, a macaw, and other exciting animals!
  • Create a set of easy-to-fold finger puppets and color them to create an enchanted world of fairies, court jesters, kings, and queens.

There are 20 origami projects in all, combining classic favorites with easy, original origami models. Sixty colorful origami paper sheets are included along with a detailed book and video instruction. Each project is rated by its level of difficulty, so kids can start with the easiest models and progress to more challenging ones when they are ready.  (comes with instructional DVD).

RAAARRR! Origami Dinosaurs for Beginners by John Montroll

Montroll is an internationally renowned origami master recaptures the prehistoric allure of dinosaurs with this new series of original models. Twenty famous and lesser-known creatures from the Mesozoic era include a tyrannosaurus, apatosaurus, pterodactylus, dimetrodon, quetzalcoatlus, and protoceratops.
John Montroll designed these striking models with beginning paperfolders in mind. Based on his famous single-square, no-cuts, no-glue approach, they range from the very easy to the low-intermediate level. Each model features helpful diagrams and easy-to-follow instructions.

P.S. I add the “RAAARRR” myself. It’s not really in the title 😉

Paper Cranes and Origami Books for World Origami Day

Something To Do | Easy Origami Projects!

To bring the heart of this story home, we created our own version of an origami friendship doll. Often times origami can be very difficult to teach without sitting right next to the teacher. We worked on this pattern until we came up with a version that even the very smallest hands can do. Please click on the link below to download the tutorial. Enjoy!

Download Origami Friendship Dolls Tutorial



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