Origami Fun - Pinterest in Real Life

Pinterest in Real Life -  Pinterest projects don’t always go as planned.  Often the end result doesn’t look like the perfect pictures you see, but it’s not about how it looks.  The important thing is that you’re exposing your kids to new shared experiences.  It doesn’t have to be Pinterest perfect to be fun or playful.  

We’ve only got a few more days before school starts again. The kids have reached that point where they frequently needs breaks from one another and lots of intervention to prevent arguments and fighting. So I’ve found myself being a little more active in structuring their activities during the day. I’ll suggest a game I know they’ll both enjoy or a project they would both like. Several months ago, the kids became obsessed with origami projects.  We made all sorts of animals and they really enjoyed it. I decided to look through my pinterest board where I put all of the fun origami projects and find a few that were easy and fun to keep them entertained for a little bit.

origami fun failed boxes by encourage play





Initially, I decided to try to make a paper box. It looked awesome and practical. The kids and I were doing it together, then I got to a certain part and I just couldn’t figure it out. Oh well, I’ll try again another day. Here are our failed boxes.






I then decided to go with a few I knew how to do. We made twirly birds, Halloween bats and hopping frogs.  The kids needed some help to get all of the folds right. However, they did more folding that they did 8 months ago, and it was cool to see how much better they were at folding and following the directions.   

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origami cups by encourage play



Once we made a few frogs and birds, they started to pretend with them. They made a frog pond and a hideout for the birds.  Then I discovered how to make paper cups!! This was the easiest one. My son was putting items inside the cups and playing with them for a few minutes.  Then he suggested that we make some popcorn to put inside the cups. That may happen at our next movie night with bigger pieces of paper :-)





It was a success! They had fun and played together without arguing for a couple of hours! And now we’re that much closer to the beginning of the new school year!!


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