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Origami is a fascinating folding paper arts originally from Japan to shape various objects. It has a wide range of difficulty levels. Because of the Santa Origami, kids are fallen in love to origami at the moment. Although it might be a seasonal hobby, it is very nice to see them concentrating following the instruction. We are never aware how interesting origami is.
- First of all, it doesn’t need any complicated material for beginners like us. There is a special kind of origami paper which is quite rare and more expensive than other kinds of paper. For practice, we don’t need to have one
- Secondly, origami needs some comprehension ability, either oral, visual, or written. To make certain shape based on the instruction, we should not miss any of the instruction details. Otherwise, the result will be different from the desired one. Following oral instructions in youtube needs some pause and full attention. Following visual instructions looks easier than the others, but more detail and accurate observation toward the picture is needed. Sometimes missing just one little fold can ruin the whole shape or I can say it is fatal.
- Next, following instruction is not the only way to get a great shape. Origami also needs creativity as not all guide lines are exact. Sometimes there are certain shape that needs our creativity to estimate how big or how much space is needed to make the optimal well shaped objects.
- Beside creativity, some mathematics is needed in shaping an object. Most shapes need symmetrical and proportional position or fold to deal with. For some unclear instructions, we can use fractional thinking as a consideration to make a proper shapes.
- Origami has some methods of folding. Folding the guiding lines needs firm straight folding movement. Doubtful folding will not make a clear guiding lines for further steps. Therefore, I always get kids doing origami on the table. Folding a relatively smaller part will just need pressings. There should be many other kinds of folding methods. They train kids with their motor.
- Origami needs perseverance and patience. I think those are needed not only in origami. Doing longer and more complicated instructions often makes us give up to follow it. Longer and more complicated instructions will train our patience. To get the kids finish their origami, I ask them to choose instructions and shapes that are appropriate with their own level. Too easy and too difficult ones are not good for them. Too difficult one will get them desperate while too easy one will not train their perseverance and patience.
- A sense of neatness and cleanness is needed to keep the paper well and the finished object more enjoyable. Neatness and cleanness will keep the folding lines clear so if there is some mistake we still can track it well.
- I really love kids playing or making a puppet show with their origami objects. They are very proud of their own result.
- in a more advance level, creating a new object must be another step of design that use all of the basic principles
- Finally, doing origami makes my kids more quiet as they focus their hands doing the folding while their mind is focused on following the instructions.
In my country, origami is mostly done at school in kindergarten only. It is considered as something trivial. However, considering the benefits and those interesting points, it is a very serious mistake, I think. As what I have mentioned before, origami has a lot of ranges of levels that can be done with many different ranges of ages and skill levels. There are a lot of free origami instruction resources in the internet. Typing “origami” in Google or pinterest, we will be offered by hundreds of free resources. However, if you prefer the more structured ones, you might see this resources from Amazon.