Celebrate Origami Day!
Origami Day is celebrated annually on November 11 in Japan and recognized by creators around the world. It’s a day to recognize the ancient Japanese art of creating intricate and beautiful shapes by folding square pieces of paper. Origami Day often features the paper crane prominently as a symbol of peace. Explore the historic significance of this art form and make an origami project to experience the design process first-hand.
Invite students to gain insights by reading a selection of books that feature the historical significance of origami and Japanese art and culture. After reflecting on these books, students have an opportunity to test their own skills with hands-on creativity by building paper cranes or using our Doodled “Paper Crane” stencil. Young learners have an opportunity to study geometric shapes and explore spatial visualization by making origami in 3D!
Origami Day Project
In this hands-on STEAM activity, students can choose one of the stories below. Once they have read the book, invite them to share observations and then create a 3D paper crane with a 3Doodler Start (ages 6-13) or a 3Doodler Create+ (ages 14+). You can find the Doodled “Paper Crane” stencil here.
Pink Paper Swans, Virginia L. Kroll
One Thousand Paper Cranes, Ishii Takayuki