This is probably one of my more unusual bucket list items, but I personally find origami to be a rather amazing and beautiful art, especially if it is done with beautiful paper. As a teacher I’d thought creating origami was going to be a great and easy activity to assign my students one chaotic Friday afternoon, but boy was I wrong. Origami is deceptively difficult.
After being defeated in my origami attempts in front of a class of students whose tiny and nimble fingers were able to fold amazing creations, I with my clumsy fingers and poor hand-eye coordination struggled.
But I wasn’t going to let it beat me…
In order to redeem my honor and pride in front of my students, I spend a couple of hours over a Friday night making creations such as a butterfly, a frog, a dragon and Yoda. While Yoda won my class over, the dragon was definitely the most difficult piece that I made.
One thing I was interested to learn from this experience was that paper folding is intricately details and that each type of fold that you use when making origami actually has a name! I realise that this makes sense, but for some reason it just hadn’t occurred to me.
It is free if you use scrap paper that you tear or cut into squares
PPO – this Youtube channel has a large number of videos teaching you how to make everything from paper cranes to T-rex dinosaurs.
Origami.me – This site provides diagrams and tips and tricks
Origami Instructions – pretty self-explanatory
Tips & Tricks