Activity Duration: 1 Hour. Recommended Ages: 6 - 10 Years Old.

What is Origami?

Origami is the art of folding paper into decorative shapes and figures. You can use origami to create people, animals, buildings, vehicles, and more!

in order to learn about the history of origami, it is important to learn about the history of paper! After paper was invented in China, paper-making began to spread, and once paper had arrived in two particular countries, Korea and Japan, paper folding began. However, origami was not what we know it to be today. Ideas were not as creative back then since origami was only used for important ceremonies, such as funerals.
This is an example of the countless creative and complex paper figurines you can create using origami!


1.Square Origami Paper OR Copy Paper cut into a square shape (8 inch x 8 inch or 10 inch x 10 inch)

2. Crayons, Colored pencils, Markers or Sharpies for decoration

How to Make an Origami Fox

Video Source: How to make Origami Fox by ORIGAMI Paper Craft, July 4, 2016.

How to Make an Origami Dog

Video Source: DIY How to Make An Easy Paper DOG. Origami Tutorial for Kids and Beginners by DIY Amazing Crafts, February 22, 2017.

How to Make an Origami Jumping Frog

Video Source: How To Make A Paper Jumping Frog - EASY Origami by PPO, March 10, 2013.

Now it is your turn! Use the videos you just watched to create 3 origami figures. Once finished, you can always look for more designs and examples that others have done. The possibilities are endless!

Show us all of your new origami creations! Snap a photo and share with us at aarc@austintexas.gov and we'll post your new origami friends on Instagram!

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Created with images by Andrej Lišakov - "simple coloured background" • Thomas Renaud - "untitled image"