Origami Tips for Success

Here are some tips to ensure a successful origami folding session.

  1. Before you start, make sure you know how to read origami diagrams. Origami instructions are symbols that describe how a piece of paper should be folded. Click here to familiarize yourself with origami symbols & bases tips.
  2. Get a lot of paper, preferably sheets 6” x 6” or larger. Almost any kind of paper will work: office computer paper, newspaper, magazine pages, or origami paper.
  3. Start with easy models with 10 or less steps. Allow the child to fold the model over and over again if he wants to. Repeating the same model helps them learn the process and allows their fingers to strengthen. Click here for easy origami diagrams.
  4. In the beginning, choose recognizable origami models such as animals, flowers, airplanes or boats. Later, older children will appreciate origami boxes, geometric shapes, and decorative pieces.
  5. If possible, provide a peaceful environment for the child to work in. Relax and enjoy the process.


    Books with Easy Origami

    • Easy Origami: over 30 simple projects by John Montroll
    • Origami Fun Kit for Beginners by John Montroll
    • My First Origami Kit by Joel Stern
    • Easy Origami: A Step-by-Step Guide for Kids by C Alexander & M Meinking
    • Fun With Easy Origami (Dover Origami Papercraft)
    • Origami: A Step-by-Step Introduction to the Art of Paper Folding by T Cook & S Henry
    • Easy Origami For Kids Book Traditional Japanese Folding Papers Overs 20 Projects by J Wish
    • Easy Origami for Kids: Over 40 Simple Origami Projects by O Brooks


    Easy Origami Books


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