Looking for a fun, creative and simple activity for your kids? Origami is the perfect answer. All you need is some paper, your hands, and a little imagination. Boats, butterflies, and frogs are just a few examples of easy paper origami for kids to decorate however they like.
How to make origami boats
A great little option for summer days, follow these steps to make a simple origami boat.
- Start with a square sheet of paper. Fold it in half across, then unfold it. Now fold it downwards and crease it well.
- Fold the top corners in, lining them up with your centre crease. Now, fold each of the bottom edges up. If you stop here, you’ll have made a paper hat.
- Push the two corners of the hat brim towards each other and fold the paper. You will have a square with a fold along two edges where the brim was.
- Take the “brim” corner on one side and fold it upwards. Flip your paper over and repeat on the other side. You should now have a triangle.
- Open up your triangle, then bring its corners together to make another triangle.
- Push the corners of this new triangle together, as in step 5. You should now have a square. Pull the corners of your square outwards to reveal your boat!
How to make origami frogs
This fun, simple origami for kids makes frogs that really jump!
- Start with a square sheet of paper. Fold your sheet in half horizontally, then unfold it again. Fold your sheet in half vertically, then unfold it again.
- Fold each of the four corners into the centre. The folds you made before will make it much easier to see where the centre is!
- Turn your folded paper around so that an edge is facing you, then flip it over so you can’t see the folds any more.
- Fold the top corners in towards the centre line. You should have a shape that looks like an open envelope.
- Flip your paper over again and fold the sides in towards the centre. You should be able to see where your frog’s feet will be.
- Fold the bottom part upward so that the bottom edge touches the bottom of the feet, then unfold it again.
- Open out the bottom part, bringing the inside edges together. Then flip your paper over. Open out the top side flaps, creasing them in the middle.
If you like, draw some eyes on your frog, and make it jump by pushing down on it with your finger.
How to make origami butterflies
A lovely pretty origami exercise, why not make delicate little butterflies to brighten any room?
- Start with a square sheet of paper. Fold it in half lengthways and unfold it; then fold it in half widthways and unfold it; then fold it in half diagonally, both ways, and unfold it.
- Holding two opposite sides of your square, push the centres together while folding them inwards until they meet in the middle. You should end up with a triangle shape; flatten this down. The result should be a triangle with several layers.
- Take the bottom corners of the top layer of your triangle and fold them up to the centre, making a diamond shape in the middle of the triangle.
- Turn your triangle over and fold the top layer backwards, so that it sticks out a little way over the bottom edge. Try not to flatten the bottom layers that stick out – your butterfly will look much more realistic.
- Fold the tip of your paper over the bottom edge to secure the wings, then fold your butterfly in half. You’re done!
And there you have it: easy origami for kids to try out. Have fun!