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    Try your hand at Origami: Here are 8 easy Origami animals you can make with your kids

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    Isnt it amazing how a small piece of paper can be folded to make almost anything? Here are easy paper craft ideas for your child. We assure you once they learn, your house will be an origami zoo!

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    Try your hand at Origami: Here are 8 easy Origami animals you can make with your kids

    A lot of us must have made paper boats as children. Paper folding, however, is so much more than mere paper boats. It is known as Origami in Japanese. Ori means folding and gami means paper. It is an ancient art form that is not only incredibly exciting for children to do, but also great for their cognitive and motor development skills. In fact, there is an interesting story in Japan that if a person makes 1000 paper cranes, they will be granted one special wish.

    Practicing paper folding stimulates the child's imagination, improves their spatial awareness, hand-eye coordination, memory, and concentration, and is a great way to build patience and perseverance. And the best part about this craft is that all it requires is a piece of paper and some deft fingers. No glue, no mess and you get a beautiful piece of craft, that your kids will love to display in their room.

    Here are some great paper folding craft ideas for you to practice with your children:

    1. Paper chicken

    Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, twice, to make a crease.

    Step 2: Fold to make a crease and fold back.

    Step 3: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 4: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 5: Turn over.

    Step 6: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 7: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 8: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 9: Turn over.

    Step 10: Draw the eyes and finish.

    2. Paper fish

    Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half.

    Step 2: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 3: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 4: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 5: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 6: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 7: Fold backward along the dotted line.

    Step 8: Turn over.

    Step 9: Draw the eyes and finish.

    3. Paper dog

    Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, make a crease, and fold back.

    Step 2: Fold in half.

    Step 3: Open the dotted line part and flatten, as shown in the image.

    Step 4: Turn the paper over.

    Step 5: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 6: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 7: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 8: Fold inside the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 9: Fold backward along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 10: Fold along the dotted line.

    Step 11: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 12: Draw a face and finish.

    4. Paper fox

    Step 1: Take a square piece of paper and fold it in half, make a crease, and fold back.

    Step 2: Fold in half.

    Step 3: Fold to meet the centerline.

    Step 4: Fold in half again.

    Step 5: Open the dotted line part and flatten.

    Step 6: Turn the paper over.

    Step 7: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 8: Draw a face and finish.

    5. Paper pig

    Step 1: Take a rectangular piece of paper and fold it along the dotted lines to meet the center.

    Step 2: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 3: Fold forward along the dotted line.

    Step 4: Open the dotted line like a pocket and flatten it.

    Step 5: Follow step 4 for the other three sides.

    Step 6: Fold backward along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 7: Fold forward along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 8: Fold the pocket along the dotted line.

    Step 9: Fold forward along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 10: Open the dotted line like a pocket and flatten it like a square.

    Step 11: Draw the eyes and finish.

    6. Paper snake

    Step 1: Fold a square piece of paper in half.

    Step 2: Fold along the dotted line to meet the centerline.

    Step 3: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 4: Fold along the dotted line as shown in the image.

    Step 5: Turn the paper over.

    Step 6: Fold along the zig-zag line as shown in the image.

    Step 7: Fold along the line as shown in the image.

    Step 8: Pocket fold along the line as shown in the image.

    Step 9: Draw eyes and finish.

    7. Paper turtle

    Step 1: Fold a square piece of paper in half.

    Step 2: Fold in half again.

    Step 3: Open the pocket from the dotted line.

    Step 4: Flatten the square.

    Step 5: Turn the paper over.

    Step 6: Open and flatten the pocket as shown in steps 3 and 4.

    Step 7: Fold to make creases and fold back.

    Step 8: Lift the corner to make pockets.

    Step 9: Flatten the pockets.

    Step 10: Cut with a pair of scissors and fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 11: Step fold as shown in the image.

    Step 12: Pocket fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 13: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 14: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 15: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 16: Turn the paper over.

    Step 17: Your paper turtle is ready.

    8. Paper star

    Step 1: Fold the paper in half as shown in the image.

    Step 2: Fold along the dotted lines to make a crease.

    Step 3: Fold along the dotted lines to make a crease.

    Step 4: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 5: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 6: Fold along the dotted lines.

    Step 7: Fold backward along the dotted lines.

    Step 8: Cut with a pair of scissors along the dotted line.

    Step 9: Open the paper as shown in the image.

    Step 10: Fold along the dotted lines to make a crease and fold back.

    Step 11: Fold along the dotted lines to make a crease and fold back.

    Step 12: Your paper star is ready.

    These origami shapes are perfect for children as they involve easy steps and can be mastered after a few attempts. So the next time you are looking for a relaxing activity to do with your child, pick some colored paper from around the house and get folding!

    Comments

    Swathi Jul 20 2019

    Superb:)

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