Origami Activities for Children by Chiyo Araki
Published by Tuttle Publishing
How to review a book of origami? I guess that would be by testing out some of the designs!
There is something relaxing about origami: the folding and creasing, the tactile nature, the pretty colours of the paper – all very mindful - until the one dimensional instructions become infuriating because what you are creating is in three dimensions! There is a lot of checking, cross checking, and manoeuvring to try and work out what is being asked – but I managed to make two of the more simple designs (more or less) well within the time frame quoted.
The book is divided into segments for various times of the year (eg. Christmas and Easter, summer and winter) and begins with designs for Halloween. Interestingly the designs don’t graduate from easy to more complicated -the first design is said to take 1 ½ hours and uses four sheets of paper. Most designs take upwards of forty minutes, a couple take less than thirty minutes. There are some very cute designs – the penguin and crab are my favourites, both of which feature on the cover of the book.
Each design has clear details at the top about the level of difficulty (middle grade, upper grades, and lower grades tec.), time frame required and materials needed. However, the dimensions are in inches, (requiring conversion) and the difference between folding paper and construction paper is not specified.
This is not a book you could simply give a child and let them get on with it by themselves – unless the child was well practiced in origami. A teacher wishing to use the designs in the classroom would need to have practiced well before instructing the class.
The best use of this book would be for parents and children to slow down and spend time together enjoying a creative, mindful activity.
CKT Book Reviewer
Author: Chiyo Araki
Title: Origami Activities for Children
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Published: June 2015