Easy Origami for Kids

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This post is sponsored by Oak Meadow. 

This past week, we’ve had to say goodbye to many of our friends down in the south. As a military family, we expect to move every couple of years – and we very rarely get a say in where we go. My kids see moving as a grand adventure and impress me every time with their maturity and positivity as we pack up our home and head off to the next location.

This time, we are in the unique situation of moving at the exact same time as all of our friends. We have friends heading to Germany, Alaska, Texas and even Japan!

We’ve been using Oak Meadow’s Crafts for the Early Grades with the littles, and the book includes some easy Origami – I thought this would be the perfect playdate activity to use with our friends heading to Japan. We’ve been chatting with them all about what to expect when they arrive in Okinawa, practicing the language and sampling Japanese food – so of course trying Origami was the perfect project!

We grabbed some fun paper from the craft store and settled in with the book for an afternoon of folding. The instructions included how to fold a cat and a dog, and they are a perfect starting place for a child who hasn’t tried Origami before!

You can try your hand with a dog by following these images:

Or, check the video:

I am really loving this craft book– so often, craft books for elementary kids include a ton of projects that are all glue and paint and messes… and don’t get me wrong, this book does have those kinds of projects too, but many of them are the kinds of things that I can do without much fuss and planning. I could have done this project without grabbing the fancy paper (printer paper would do!). Most of these projects include natural materials and include ideas for working with yarn and clay. I love that the instructions are clear and well illustrated- the kids can sit with me and follow along easily.

My friends at Oak Meadow would love to help you get started! Contact them at www.OakMeadow.com today!

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  2. My advice for homeschooling the early years is let them be kids! Exploration and play are so critical!!

  3. My advice for the early years of homeschooling is to begin training children to participate in the life of the family really early by including them in your daily work.

  4. My advice for homeschooling in the early years is have fun! Work on knowing your child, play, read, cook together and don’t worry about if your child is doing everything the other kids are doing.

  5. This looks so fun! I would advise new and younger Homeschool moms, take it easy, get a habit and schedule going. The work will come but getting the habit and structure take time. Add little at a time. And take breaths you can do it. No one knows your child better then you. Enjoy

  6. Definitely don’t try to do too much. My kids love crafts so making time for them helps them stay interested in school.

  7. We decided just 2 weeks ago to home school for the first time, so I need to read all the advice and not really give it! I am really enjoying the Linda Dobson book on the first year of home schooling, so that’s one thing I can recommend!

  8. Have fun – slow down and enjoy it. It’s OK if the kids don’t read right away… go on nature walks, and for goodness sake, don’t push boys to do too much writing – they will do enough of that later in life! Snuggle on the couch reading books and talking about them.

  9. I don’t really have advice, as we’re starting our homeschooling journey with our five year old in kindergarten this coming fall. I would say I often remind myself to make nature time important and not an afterthought.

  10. For the early years of homeschooling, I would recommend finding a good, age-appropriate curriculum, if you are not confident guiding them your self. But reading to them & interacting are probably the most important thing you can do, regardless of what you are “teaching” them!

  11. If your kids aren’t looking forward to homeschooling most days, something is wrong. It should be mostly enjoyable for everyone.

  12. Remember that you aren’t doing public school you are homeschooling. Also don’t stress too much

  13. Always include fun experiences in learning (art, science exoeruments, history projects, nature hikes, museum trips, playing in the park, playing sports, etc.) throughout all the years. Kids will remember these experiences because it was with you. 🙂

  14. Go with the flow, don’t be afraid to explore their passions and let go of the notion that you have to have a rigid schedule like traditional school.

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