The ancient art of folding paper known as origami is a fabulous way to pass the time while you’re stuck at home. This paper folding has been used in classrooms as a means to help with science, geometry, and problem-solving skills. Let’s learn more about origami for kids!
There are many mental and physical benefits of origami for kids. I’d love to focus on a handful of benefits of bringing origami into your home. Whether you’re a parent looking to keep your kids busy while you’re stuck at home or want a new activity for your homeschoolers, origami provides hours of fun and learning.
Mental and Physical Benefits of Origami for Kids
Improves Fine Motor Skills
As your kids work to create their origami creation, be it an animal or other fun origami creation, they’re using their fingers to fold the paper. This process allows your kids to use their fine motor skills. As your kids get excited about their completed origami art, they’ll want to continue with this folding paper process to make more artwork and in turn, improve their fine motor skills.
Making origami creations can be completed by looking at a tutorial or coming up with a clever design on your own. Both of these processes will help your kids develop their imagination as they use their concentration to fold the paper just right to form their origami artwork.
Stimulates the Brain
Using their fingers to fold the paper in various unique patterns to form their origami creation helps stimulate your kids’ brain. This will encourage your kids to be more creative problem solvers in other areas of life. If you’ve ever done origami, you know all too well that sometimes it takes a lot of thinking to wrap up a project just right.
These are just a few of the mental and physical benefits of origami for kids. I can’t believe how many things your kids can create using origami. The options for using their imagination to fold this special paper into artwork are endless. Hopefully, this will help encourage you to introduce your kids to origami in the near future.