Origami comes from the Japanese words ‘ori' ('folding’) and ‘kami’ (‘paper’). Paper folding is an ancient Japanese art that spans over 1,000 years. Origami is an ideal activity for a quiet afternoon: it is both creative and educational, and your kids have the satisfaction of creating something beautiful they can keep or give away as gifts. Requiring minimal materials, all you need is a piece of paper and this simple guide…!
1. Start with a square piece of paper in any colour you like, or use patterned paper to make a particularly pretty crane. Make sure the colour side is facing up. Fold in half and open. Then fold in half the other way.
2. Turn the paper over to the other side. Fold in half, crease well and open, then fold again in the other direction.
3. Using the creases you have made, bring the top three corners of the model down to the bottom corner. Then flatten as shown in the last picture.
4. Fold the top triangular flaps into the centre and unfold.
5. Fold the top of the model downwards, crease well and unfold.
6. Open the uppermost flap of the model, bringing it upwards and pressing the side of the model inwards at the same time. Flatten it down, creasing it well.
7. Turn the model over and repeat steps 4-6 on the other side.
8. Fold the top flaps into the centre.
9. Repeat the same step on the other side.
10. Fold both ‘legs’ of the model up, crease very well and then unfold.
11. Inside Reverse Fold the ‘legs’ along the creases you just made.
12. Inside Reverse Fold one side to make a head, then fold down the wings.
13. You're finished! You should be left with a beautiful paper crane like the one pictured below. Try learning these steps and sharing your new knowledge with a friend.