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Origami and Inderdisciplinary Learning – Part 1

Origami is a great craft to do together with your children. It can act as a means to teach them about a variety of topics from social studies to math. Origami is an excellent way to introduce children to such subjects as Asian culture or geometry.

Included below are instructions on how to fold an origami crane as well as an origami heart. The heart is much simpler and would be a good place to start, especially with younger children. The crane takes a few more steps and would likely be best for Grades 5 and up. Try folding along with them for a fun family activity!

Avenir School encourages cross-disciplinary learning in order to excite students about a variety of different subjects.

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Origami Crane

  1. White side up, fold paper in half. Unfold.
  2. Fold paper in half the opposite direction (to create a cross down the middle). Unfold.
  3. Fold paper diagonally so that the white side is up. Unfold.
  4. Fold paper diagonally in the opposite direction with the white side up. Unfold.
  5. Lay the paper flat with white side up and bring in the side corners, which should also bring down the top corner to create a diamond shape.
  6. Fold in one corner of the square so that the edge is lined up with the center line. To get the result as shown. Repeat on all sides.
  7. Fold the top flap down.
  8. Fold the top flap down again in the opposite direction.
  9. Open up one side and lay it flat.
  10. Lift the top flap on the open end and fold it upwards as shown.
  11. Flip over and repeat steps 10 – 11 on the opposite side.
  12. Fold in flap as shown so that the edge lines up with the centerline.
  13. Repeat #13 for the other flap and then flip over and repeat to the other side.

14. Fold one flap over and lay flat. Fold the top flap down.

15. Repeat on the opposite side.

16. Invert fold one of the upper tips to form a head.

17. Pull back the other tip to form a tail.

18. Fold down the wings and then pull them out, and you’re finished!

There’s part one of our two-part series on origami and interdisciplinary learning—check back next time for instructions on how to make an origami heart, and some origami resources for the classroom!