Origami Jumping Frog
1: Start with a square piece of paper. Cut it in half and use one rectangle.
2: With the white-side of the paper facing up, fold the top-left corner of the paper down.
4: Repeat: fold the bottom-left corner of the paper up.
5: Unfold. You should see a X crease marks.
6: Fold the left side of the paper back along the dash-dotted line as shown in step 5.
8: Fold the left side of the paper towards the right side.
It should collapse along the crease lines made in steps 1 to 6.
Fully collapsed. Begin to make the front legs of the frog: fold the flap up as shown in the next photo.
9: Repeat: fold the other flap up to form the other leg.
10: Shorten the tail end of the frog: fold the right edge of the paper to meet the base if the legs.
11: Make the body more narrow: fold the top of the paper down to the mid-point.
12: Repeat: fold the bottom up to the mid-point.
13: Begin to make the back legs. Next photos are enlarged slightly.
14: Fold the right side of the paper to base of the front legs.
15: Fold the top corner of the leg section to the right.
16: Repeat: fold the bottom corner of the leg section to the right. These will become the back legs.
17:Unfold the leg section a little…
18: Pull out the hidden layer that is underneath.
19: Repeat with the other leg.
20: Press down firmly.
21: Fold the hind leg back
22: Repeat: fold the other leg back.
23: Make the frog springy: fold the model in half so hind legs meet front legs.
24: Fold this section back again forming a zig-zag pleat. Note how legs are closer together compared to image 22.
25: Turn model over. Congratulations! You have made an origami jumping frog.
How to Play
One of the great things about this model is that it is an action model. It jumps!
To play, press the back side of the frog with a finger and then allow the frog to slip out from under your fingers. The frog will flick forward and hop along.
Make another jumping frog using the paper saved in Step 1. If you start with the color-side facing up, the second frog will be white in color.
You can have races to see which frog jumps further or higher. You can try to jump your frog into a cup or box.