Bring our Furry Friends to life with Origami

July 21, 2020Things To Do

For a craft that is free from mess and guaranteed to impress, Origami is the way to go. All you need is some paper and one of our straightforward tutorials! 

What is Origami?

Originating in Japan, Origami is the art of folding paper (Ori’ means ‘folding’ and kami means ‘paper’), but the term is commonly used to include all examples of paper folding crafts. The aim of the game is to take an ordinary piece of paper and transform it into an extraordinary paper sculpture through a series of little folds. 

Keep scrolling to download our printable Origami how-tos and learn more about why you should try this ancient paper craft technique. 

What Are the Benefits of Origami

As a crafting activity, Origami offers a whole host of benefits.

The art of folding is a wonderful way to:


  • Develop hand-eye coordination
  • Aid spatial awareness
  • Encourage patience 
  • Increase attention span
  • Boost memory
  • Understand sequencing 
  • Appreciate a different culture



Practising Origami requires a lot of focus and repeated action, which can help to calm busy little minds.

The best part? At the end your child will have made something amazing that they can be proud of and show to everyone around them. 


…But don’t just take our word for it! Choose one of our wonderful Origami templates to make with your little one at home. 


Follow these straightforward tutorials to help your little one make their own impressive origami animals. Don’t forget to show us your finished works of art on social media, tag us @My1stYears to make sure we see it!

With love, 

My 1st Years x