Origami Toys: That Fly, Tumble, and Spin

Origami Toys: That Fly, Tumble, and Spin

by Paul Jackson

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Origami Toys

Interactive origami toys that flap, jump, fly, spin, bang, tumble, turn inside out, peck, snap, rock, and talk.

Let's get folding

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Origami Toys

Interactive origami toys that flap, jump, fly, spin, bang, tumble, turn inside out, peck, snap, rock, and talk.

Let's get folding

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School Library Journal
Gr 4–6—In this handsomely packaged volume, Jackson offers 29 elegantly simple toys that he has either invented or modified. The models, arranged in random order and rated from "simple" to "advanced" (though none should be beyond the skills of even novice folders), include percussive "instruments," a wriggling fish, dogs, and other creatures with moving heads or lips, a spinning star, two gliders, and even a catapult. Most of the toys are made from one or two sheets of standard origami paper, and all come with hand photos showing how to hold or move them to best effect. The particularly clear step diagrams use standard origami notation, and the directions that accompany them are just as easy to follow. The thick package of square paper attached to the rear cover won't last long once children (and folders who are children at heart) get their hands on this above-average offering.—John Peters, New York Public Library

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Smith, Gibbs Publisher
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11.04(w) x 8.60(h) x 0.62(d)
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8 Years

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What toto Do with your Origami Toys

In two words . . . share them!

Of all origami genres, toys should be shared. Learn a few of your favorites by heart and make them for family and friends, or as icebreakers with strangers at parties, dreary meetings, long flights, and the like. A designer friend once told me how she traveled from remote village to remote village in several Southeast Asian countries on a research project, gaining the friendship and help of the villagers by folding origami toys for everyone!

If you have the confidence, teach origami toys to club groups, young or old. They are great to teach to children, who love to play with them; adults love them too. Some of my most enjoyable workshops have been with groups as diverse as graphic design students at a design college in central London, a group of engineering professionals, a group of elderly ladies, and a small class of children at a rural village deep in the English countryside.

If you are a teacher, teach origami toys in class as a fun end-of-semester treat, or more seriously in math, science, and technology classes (there are some great examples of levers and other mechanisms contained in the toys). Teaching toys to disruptive children gives them status and self-confidence, or they can be given as rewards for good behavior. I know of therapists who gain the trust of children by making origami toys for them and who use mouth toys in role-playing games.

The essence of an origami toy is its innocent delight. But presented in the right way at the right time, a toy may also have a serious educational or therapeutic use. Don’t confuse fun with triviality!

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