Most kids enjoy following simple patterns and visual instructions, so they find origami projects that are tailored to their age groups fascinating and will make their own origami. The only necessary supplies are perfectly square pieces of paper, which may need to be provided in advance for children.
Make sure to have plenty of square paper on hand for practicing. Traditional origami paper is recommended, as it is perfectly square and usually features a different color or pattern on each of its sides. However, a rectangular sheet of paper can be turned into a square sheet. Fold the left corner to the right corner and then trim off the extra paper. Creating square paper in advance makes this activity easier for both the kids and the instructor.
Kidspot offers a list of origami projects by age group so that the project matches the skill level of the children in question. Projects include detailed instructions and video tutorials, and the recommended age groups range from 1 year old to 8 years old and up. Origami shapes include a beginner's boat for 1 to 2 year olds and a more complex water lily for older school-age kids. Origami beginners of any age should start with simple designs first and move to more complicated ones as skill levels increase.