What are some easy origami crafts for kids?


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Easy origami crafts for kids include a folded paper boat and an elephant found among about 30 paper-folding project ideas at Origami-Instructions.com. Origami-Fun.com offers about a dozen origami projects for kids, including a talking dog and a ladybug, that are very easy, and more advanced horse and pelican crafts that are still easy enough for children. Penguin Pete is another fun origami project for children with instructions that include an accompanying story.

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Origami paper is traditionally square and colored on one side, but crafters can use any square paper to make most origami projects. The boat project starts with a few simple folds to make a triangle and a straight edge. A couple of reverse folds finish up the boat into a three-dimensional shape that allows it to stand upright. Decorating the finished project with pen and ink, crayons or markers is optional.

The elephant project starts by folding the paper into quarters, then unfolding it to leave the creases. In just a few minutes with less than 10 folds, the cute paper elephant is complete. The ladybug is a very easy project with just six steps. Kids may enjoy drawing the dots on the finished project made with red origami or craft paper. More complex projects, such as the pelican, require smaller, more detailed folds that are better suited to older children's more developed fine motor skills.

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