Do you like this 6th century old art of folding papers and subsequent creation of cute models? Origami it is and I am just awed by the fact that a single piece of paper can be folded into so many different things. With just a single square of Origami paper you can let your imagination run wild.
No, no it is not as simple as it sounds; one wrong fold and you will be back to square one, literally. Dexterity and concentration, the duo, are the foremost requirements, for Origami. This is the reason Origami is so popular with Kindergarten teachers as it helps in developing systematic approach and discipline in young kids.
Before this teacher in me, start telling you more benefits of Origami let me get straight back to the point. I did some Origami yesterday with a precocious little 6 going on 16. We made some tiger cub bookmarks and incidentally the little one’s name also means a cub. I just love it when art and craft ideas lead to these tiny moments of joy!
What we need for this is an origami paper, 8 by 8 inches in any colour of your preference, black sketch pens or black paint, a brush, Fevicol and googly eyes.
Take the paper and fold it into half twice to make creases and then fold it back. Fold the two end to meet the centre line.
Fold the flaps up as shown in the image.
Fold the two triangles at the two horizontal ends, inside.
Turnover and the fold one half of the bottom edge into a triangle outside and one on the reverse side. Fold the top edge inside. Fold the edge of the triangle at the bottom backwards.
The base is ready and now we need some colour to paint the stripes, the nose and the mouth.
Stick 2 googly eyes with Fevicol on top of the nose and we are done.
Here is the cute twosome! Ain’t they super easy to make? I am sure kids would love making some Origami bookmarks like this for their new text books and notebooks. Do try and post a pic!