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PROJECT ORIGAMI AQUARIUM

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					                     PROJECT : ORIGAMI AQUARIUM
  1. Kids will need markers and scissors
  2. Pass out white typing paper to each child

Presenter, each bag has examples that will allow you to “fold” the pieces with
the kids. While reading the instructions to the kids, hold up the examples and
refold along the lines to show the kids how to do it. When you are done with
each example, put it back in the bag at the end of that step so that the next
presenter gets the examples the way they should end up. Get as far as you can.
Older grades may end up doing more projects than the younger grades. If you
have extra time, have them decorate their fish.



For our project, we will be making fish and frogs for an origami aquarium. For most
origami projects, you need to start with a square piece of paper. You can buy origami
paper, but that can be expensive. The easiest way to get a square piece of paper is to
take any scratch piece of paper and make it into a square. We’ll be making three
projects from the one sheet of paper you have right now.

Take your piece of paper and hold it so the narrow or shorter edge is closest to you.
Now fold that short side so that it lines up completely with one of the long sides (show
example 1, side A to side B along dotted line). Try to cut that right corner in half.
Trying to make your folds as perfect as possible and creasing them with your thumb
will give you a better result at the end. What you are doing is making your rectangle
follow one of the main rules for a square. Can anyone tell me what that is? (All sides
of a square are equal.) You’re just making all the sides equal.

Now take your scissors and cut along the top of the triangle you just made (solid line
C). Keep that little strip of paper.

(Presenter: get stingray bag, pull example #1 out and unfold it)
Now that you have a square, we’ll first be making a stingray (presenter, keep diagram
page 11 available to you as well). My examples are made from page-a-day calendar
pages which are usually square. Right now you should have a triangle. Unfold it and
lay it flat on your desk with one of the folded corners closest to you (corner A on
example 1). Now fold the sides to the center fold line that you already have (dotted
line D on example 1). The center line is a guide (B and C fold into line D). You should
have a kite shape.
(Pull example #2 and refold to kite shape)
Put your finger about 1½ to 2 inches from the bottom of the kite (point B on example
2). Now fold the side flaps out (Cs on example 2) from your finger to where the fold
line ends(D on example #2). Now take the top of the kite (A on example 2) and fold it
over so that the tip hits the center line. Fold sides of the wings in (side with point D,
along dotted lines on example 2). Flip it over so all of the folds are on the bottom.

(Pull example #3, “up” side up and unfold dotted and solid lines)
With your stingray flat on your desk, pinch along the fold line about 1 ½ to 2 inches
from the bottom (point A on example 3) and flatten it to one side, then again to the
other side (along dotted lines). Then fold up some eyes along the top (solid line B).
Now you have your stingray. If we have time later, you can decorate it with your
markers.


(Presenter: pull the action origami bag)
For the next two fish, pair up with a classmate next to you so that you can share the
strips of paper that you cut off the top of the white sheet (there are extras in the “action
origami” bag). One person needs to fold the strip of paper in half the short way and cut
along the fold (along the dotted line on example 1). The other person needs to fold the
strip of paper the long way and cut along the fold (along the dotted line on example 2).
Share your strips of paper so that each person has a long strip and a short rectangle.

(Pull jumping frog bag, example 1)
Now we are going to do two action origami projects. The first will be a jumping frog.
Take the rectangle and make a fold like you did when you made the square by lining
up the short side of the rectangle along the long side (side A to side B, example 1).
Open it up and fold it the other way also (side A to side C, example 1). You should
have an “X” on your paper (dotted lines). Flip your paper over and make a dot with a
marker where the lines of the “X” meet (point D). Fold up the short side (side A)
through the dot you just made (solid line). Unfold it so that the folds are closest to you.

(pull example 2 and unfold it all the way with “up” side up)
Your paper should be making a little pyramid on your desk. Push the ends of the
center fold together (points A and B) under the paper so that it is making a triangle
(along solid lines) and flatten it. Lay it flat so that the triangle is up and it looks like an
arrow. Fold the arrow in half the long way (dotted line) and open it back up. Fold the
corners of the triangle up to the top point (corners C and D to point E) and leave it
folded. Now fold the sides into the center fold line (sides A and B to dotted line). It
should now look like a thin arrow pointing up.
(pull example 3 and unfold to thin arrow)
Fold the bottom end up (side C) to the corners of the arrow (along dotted line). Then
fold down the flap you just made so that it makes an accordion fold (side C back down
along solid line). Flip your frog over now. Pull the corners down a little from under the
point (A and B) to make the front legs. Lay it down on the desk on its legs. Gently
push down the flat end with your finger (purple dot) and slide if off the back end to
make your frog jump. If we have time later, you can decorate your frog.

(pull spinning fish bag)
Now we’re going to make a spinning fish. Take your long strip of paper (example 1)
and about 1 inch from one end, cut halfway through the paper (dotted line A). Then flip
it over and cut halfway through the paper about an inch from the other end (dotted line
B). Now wrap the paper in a loop so that the cuts you made fit into each other to form
your fish. (show completed fish). You’re done!! I can show you how it spins, but I
need you to try it later. All you have to do is toss it into the air and it should spin as it
falls to the ground.

				
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