Origami Fun for Kids Kit & Fun Origami Paper -- Crafty Weekends Review & Link Party

Disclosure: Tuttle Publishing gave me a copy of this kit and packages of origami paper free of charge for this review. All opinions in my review are my own and I did not receive any other compensation. As in all my reviews I am providing links for your ease, but receive no compensation.

One of our favorite crafts is origami. Now I love origami for many different reasons including teaching math. Hazel loves creating the various things. Today we are sharing Origami Fun for Kids by Rita Foelker as well as two packs of origami paper: Japanese Bird Patterns and Kaleidoscope Patterns

This fun kit comes with an instruction book, instructional DVD as well as 60 sheets of origami paper to complete the projects in the book (and on the DVD). I always like origami kits with a DVD because it gives Hazel a bit of independence. This particular day she was home sick and I let her put the DVD on and try some of the origami herself. 

 She followed the DVD and was able to make a heart as well as a house and a snail (but my picture did not come out well of the snail and I'm not sure where she put it). She did these on her own with the DVD.

 She got a bit frustrated with the boat and six pointed star. This is when I came to help her. I decided to try out some of the fun Kaleidoscope Pattern papers. Hazel's one complaint about the video is that they do not talk. In one DVD she watched the person used the folds to tell a story and she found this easier to follow. Though to be quite honest I remember her getting frustrated with that one as well.

 This package has eight fun designs and 96 sheets.

 Since she needed help with the six pointed star I made one with her.

 She was able to make one with a bit of help and explanation.

 Now that I was in the room helping, she wanted to try the finger puppets. This was a very fun project!! The kit has pages to make kings, queens, princesses, princes, fairies, gnomes and jesters. The pages are left for the child to color and make each character his or her own. There are also pages without much details to make these finger puppets. 
The finger puppets are pretty easy to make. I only got a little confused with the ones with crowns, but was able to figure them out quickly enough. Once she learned how to make the finger puppets that is all she wanted to make. She loves them!! I however could not wait to try to make the pencil holder.

For what I call the crayon holders I used origami paper. One of them is made with a sheet of the Japanese Bird Patterns paper

This package has eight designs and 48 double-sided sheets.
The larger pencil holders are made with 12 x 12 scrapbook paper. However I found they are not steady with or without pencils in them. I was a little disappointed in them. I bought a beautiful origami pencil holder at a craft fair once and was envisioning it more like that, but it was very easy to fold and the little ones are cute for a few crayons or short pencils. 

Overall we have really enjoyed this kit and the packages of beautiful paper. I love that there are some projects Hazel could make without me helping her. And I love that she can play with the finger puppets after she makes them.  We definitely recommend all three of these products!!

For more origami posts check out: Geometric Origami, Origami Zoo, Origami Toy Monsters, Exploring Origami, Origami Butterflies, Asian Crafts, and All About Japan.

Thank you to everyone who shared with us at last week's party!!  I hope you will check them all out and remember it is just a sampling of the amazing crafts shared. 

Also remember for your child-oriented crafts, activities, lessons, etc. Sharing Saturday is going on!! For any cultural related posts (diversity and/or multicultural as well) be sure to share at the month long Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop. A new Creative Kids Culture Blog Hop starts next week! Here is a sampling of features from last week's party! This week's features are broken into sewing and faux sewing projects, plant crafts and everything else.

Sewing (and a Faux Sewing) Craft Features

1) From Growing Up Gabel: How to Make Sleeve Scrunchies

2) From Bombshell Bling: Doll Ruffle Romper

3) From Flamingo Toes: Kate Spade Nautical Tote Knockoff

4) From DecoArt Blog: Upcycled Painted Cross Stitch Cuff

Plant Craft Features

1) From Living La Vida Holoka: DIY Upcycled Cork Air Plants Magnets

2) From The Logbook: Eucalyptus Willow Wreath DIY

3) From Inspirations for Moms: Spring Succulent Garden Idea

4) From The Summery Umbrella: Repurposed Toolbox Flower Planter
 5) From Dreaming in Color: Succulent Purse Centerpiece

Other Craft Features

1) From Follow That Child: Sculpture with Marshmallows

2) From The Scrap Shoppe Blog: Geometric Heart Frame

3) From
Design by Miss Mandee: Aladdin Paper Lanterns

4) From Kid Can Doodle: Field Notes Doodle Download
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  1. Thanks for featuring our sleeve scrunchies!

  2. Thanks for featuring my air plant magnets! Have a great week!

  3. Thanks so much for featuring my Kate Spade bag!

  4. Thank you so much for hosting and featuring my post!! Hope you had a wonderful weekend :)


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