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Celebrate Origami Day in 3D

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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.

Suggested Books

Grades K-5
Yoko’s Paper Cranes, Rosemary Wells
Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes, E. Coerr

Grades 5-8
Pink Paper Swans, Virginia L. Kroll

Grades 8-12
One Thousand Paper Cranes, Ishii Takayuki

We can’t wait to see what learners create! Share your Doodles with us on social media, and be sure to tag us so we can see your creations! @3Doodler #3Doodler #OrigamiDay

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