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Wings & Things in Origami
By Stephen Weiss
Dover Publications, Inc.Copyright © 1984 Stephen Weiss
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Since the first recorded paper airplanes, in the notebooks of Leonardo da Vinci, folding paper to make it fly has become one of the world's most popular pastimes.
Safer than hang gliders, quieter than model airplanes, and requiring less room than flying saucers or boomerangs, paper airplanes are a fingertip expression of the freedom of flight.
Designs for more than thirty origami models that fly are presented in this book. There are airplanes, birds, bats, fish, kites, wings, dollar bill gliders, a pentagon, a tube, a maple seed, and even a flying nun. The great variety of shapes and flight patterns is especially appealing. Most people do not expect to see a tube fly across the room, and are delighted (or annoyed) to see paper birds, bats, and fish do the same. No tape, glue, paste, staples, paper clips, or cutouts are needed, and most of the models are made from square or 8½ × 11" sheets of paper. You will soon find yourself appropriating place mats and advertising fliers for the more sublime purposes of origami.
Paper folding probably originated in China with the invention of paper, but was developed mainly in Japan, over the centuries becoming a part of Japanese culture. The word origami is Japanese, meaning "the folding of paper." In the last fifty years origami has progressed from a traditional pastime to a widely practiced creative art form. Today there are active origami societies in many countries around the world.
If origami is new to you, this book will be a good introduction. In fact, the first model is the traditional "paper airplane" known to virtually everyone. It is origami in its simplest form.
Read the first few pages, "How to Use This Book," and you will soon be folding for flight.
NOTE TO PEOPLE IN EDUCATION AND HEALTH PROFESSIONS
Origami is particularly useful in helping to develop
manual dexterity and fine motor coordination
the ability to perceive and visualize three-dimensional images and spacial relations
the ability to follow a series of visual and verbal directions in a precise manner
the ability to give complex instructions in an accurate manner
a sense of accomplishment from producing a tangible result from a series of steps
The fact that these models can fly gives them particularly high interest.
If someone has trouble following the diagrams and/or text, it is helpful to have another person read the verbal instructions aloud while the folder studies the diagrams. The text can also be recorded on tape and played back step by step.
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