What kids will learn in a longterm origami project.
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Longterm projects are my absolute favourite things to create with young kids. It’s are many reasons to like this type of play. One reason is that it goes over days, weeks and months and as a byproduct reduces the need to constantly come up with new ideas and actually reduces education stress in my experience. I think this is because you get the space to mull things over and build deeper rather than just new new new preparations. It will also put your use of recyclables to the test in new and adventurous ways, and this ends up being a rather exciting discovery. I have no doubt you will amaze yourself with how much you can create with the items you already have. But my favourite reason for liking longterm projects is that they extend children’s creativity and build the best collaboration skills I have seen.
The time it takes to delve deep into a project is very supportive. I generally start with some sort of idea and gett into making a large item to support the idea. Let’s say gluing boxes other to make a large castle or digging a space outside to build a road. Everyone can contribute if they so desire and when we are done for the day we talk about the things we would like to add. The next day I allow kids to play and ponder more creations and we add to it over time. Its great homework and parent collaboration to get learners to look for something they can add to a project the next day from there home. And while there are infinite types of longer-term project you create with your kid’s origami cities are a good place to start because they tick a lot of STEM boxes including maths, pre-coding, technology (if your game to extend on your creations), literacy, communication, art and design. So that is what we will cover in the rest of this article.
I first got into origami city play when I gifted the ‘Origami City Fold By Numbers Book’. It was given to me during one of those time when you need a break from all the creating, gathering and running around. And it was useful because the booklet contains everything you need to get started straight away.
You can purchase your copy from Amazon online in all countries, YAY. Amazon is an amazing service that will deliver with low or no shipping costs and with great speed. Keep reading below and you will find more resources that you can download to build out your STEM lessons.
SIZE: The first step to building an origami city is to find a good base. The size of this base will depend on how many children you want to be involved in the project at one time. Let’s say you are going to have 6 children building and playing in the city at one time. As a rough guide, a base of around 1.5 to 2 meters per longest side plus at least 1 meter on the shortest side will be sufficient. And I hope you can see that this type of project is big which just means it’s very interactive and creates lots of fun experiences. And if you want to go bigger, then that can be even better.
PAPER: You will be happy to know that normal paper is great for origami. One of the things the kids will need to learn is to be patient and be gentle during play. But lessons in this is perfect for this age group and it can great to reinforce these topics in group time. If you have more sturdy paper you can definitely make things out of that. And although this is an origami specific piece I highly encourage you to build with recyclables too. Like creating skyscrapers out of painted cereal boxes and windmills out of plastic containers.
PLAN: This is the most exciting thing ever and the start of your classroom collaboration. You could start this in group time with the simple question ‘We’re going to build a paper city, what should be put in it’. Every child should be encouraged to contribute to the brainstorming session and the results can be marked on the whiteboard or Apple classroom and recorded for data use later. This is also the first step in the classes masterplan. After this session, the children can c0-create their own drawing version of whey envision. And I encourage you to do this on a large rolled out paper with everyone contributing to a portion of the town. This can be displayed along the wall for future reference, or cut out to replace the sections in a different order. Ultimately after this about the time they will need a break. And this is also where you will consider how big your base will be and where you will put it. Next, its time to make a base.
BASE: Totally up to you and what resources you have. A simple base for a table would be flat cardboard in the size that you want. Before the kids get invited back to create on the base you should mark out the areas you kids designed (you know the things you do at home all the time for the work). A group explanation of what you have done and what you want to kids to do next would be to your benefit. Your ‘to do next’ will most likely be decorating the base using paint and mixed media.
After you have your base and design it’s all about making the origami structures. That will include things such as houses, cars, buses (yes, they are easy), and tress. Plus anything else you can think of. Here are some things to make and if you click on the pictures you will be taken to the instructions.
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