The word “origami” has Japanese roots. It is a combination of “oru,” meaning “to fold” and the word “kami,” which stands for “paper.” Folding a plain sheet of paper to create things like flowers, animals, or even containers is creative and fun. Children love to see adults transform a piece of paper into something beautiful.
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To make a hat or a boat that floats:
Step 1: Fold the paper in half and then partially fold it another time, creating a crease near the top.
Step 2: Fold down the two top corners about 2/3 of the way, using the crease from Step 1 as a guide.
Step 3: Fold the two bottom edges upward to meet the area folded down in Step 2. Open this up with your hands to form a hat.
Step 4: Continue folding to create a boat. Bring the corners on the brim of the hat toward each other. This causes the edges of the brim to push outward. It looks like the hat is being squashed into a square.
Step 5: Fold one of the lower corners of the square upwards. Flip this section over and then do the same for the other lower corner. This creates a folded triangle.
Step 6: Open up the triangle and bring the corners together. Squash the triangle with the finger to form a square.
Step 7: Pull each outer corner of this square, holding one corner with each hand. Keep pulling until the boat is unfolded.
Step 8: Turn over the boat and widen the hole located in the bottom. This helps to balance it and makes it better at floating.
Step 9: Decorate the boat with crayons or markers. You can even use a toothpick and additional paper to create a sail.