Not sure how the Discovery Family Program works?
GOAL: Try a new skill: Origami
The ADVENTURE: Create origami using the ideas below-- or an idea of your own!
Be sure to focus on the creativity. There is no 'wrong' way to decorate these fun origami projects.
Use the origami projects a few days or even weeks after they are made. Build with the blocks or use the bookmark in the book you are reading. Help each family member build self-confidence knowing that they created something that is actually being used
Encourage each family member to talk about their project and explain why they chose the colors they did, etc. Acknowledge the time and effort they put into it.
Of course, providing more origami (or regular) paper is a great way to say "I love what you did- feel free to do more."
Grab a stack of origami paper (or regular paper will work too!) and get ready to do some folding. With a few cuts and folds, you can create owls, flowers, cranes and frogs and more! We have included pictures here so that you can choose your project and then links to the instructions.
Option 1: Here is the perfect project for the bookworms in your family. There’s lots of room for creativity with these since you can add eyes, teeth, horns ... the sky’s the limit. To get the instructions, click here. If you scroll down you will find a super easy to follow video for making the bunny. Once you have the basic structure folded then just design away!
Option 2: How about some origami you can WEAR!?! These modular bracelets are fun to make and can be made in any color combination or size. Click here to see the video tutorial.
Option 3: Or maybe you want to make a batch of colorful frogs. Once you’ve made them, you can get a competition going to see who can make them fly the furthest. Get step-by-step instructions on how they’re made by clicking here.
Option 4: These pencil holders are a perfect project for origami newbies, and something the kids can take to school with them! They’re super easy to put together with a few folds and a dab or two of glue. Click here for instructions.
Option 5: Maybe you want to try some animals-- a bear or a shark. They are both easy to make and everyone will have fun finishing off their masterpiece by drawing on eyes and a mouth, or get creative!
Option 6: If your family are fans of The Little Mermaid, they’ll have a blast making this adorable origami mermaid. Pop the movie on in the background while you make them, and you've got some great family time ahead. Click here to get the step-by-step instructions.
Option 7: How about having everyone make origami faces that look like them and the people they know? Everyone will love putting these fantastic faces together and customizing each one with colorful hair, jewelry and freckles. Get the full instructions and a helpful video by clicking here.
Option 8: You could spend an afternoon making a batch of colorful cubes like these. Once they’re done, kids can stack, build and play with them. Click here for step-by-step instructions and photos.
For your littlest Adventurers you may need to do some of the folding and then turn the final decorating over to them.
Some of these projects would also be great for practicing colors, counting, and spacial skills as well!
Community Engagement Adventure
Ready to take it to the community? Here are some ideas:
❏ Teach a younger child (or older person!) what you have learned and help them create some origami
❏ Use your origami creations to brighten someone's day. Take some of your creativity to a shut-in neighbor with a note.
❏ Organize a neighborhood origami fair. Invite neighborhood kids to come create origami with you, and then play games like having a frog competition or work together to build something from origami block.
Ready for something a little more challenging?
Try making some Transforming Ninja Stars. You’ll first make eight parallelograms into a wheel, then push and pull on the sides to turn it into a star. Click here to get all the details, plus video instructions.
You may also want to try coming up with your own origami creations, or try some of the complex origami you'll find HERE.