Many families go to the zoo during the summer – but this year we’ve brought the zoo to us! Tristan’s been having a roaring-good time paper-folding and creating his own origami zoo over the past two months.
Tuttle Publishing sent the kids a surprise in their last package to us; origami kits! Kallista claimed the Origami Fun For Kids kit, and Tristan was drawn (or should I say ‘bent/folded towards’) the Origami Zoo kit. Of course, everyone (including us parents) have tried out both kits, but we need to ‘ask nicely’ of the owner before we help ourselves to a project.
The Origami Zoo kit contains:
- 40 colorful sheets of paper
- 2 sheets of stickers
- An instruction booklet with 15 projects
- A zoo map that is coloured on one side, and can be coloured on the other side
Tristan started off with the panda and the giraffe as the first inhabitants of his paper zoo. The panda was an easy project, but the giraffe was a little more involved, using two pieces of paper, but he did it.
Since receiving his first Tuttle origami kit, Ultimate Paper Airplanes For Kids (this, and other links may be affiliate links) he’s become more confident at paper-folding. He takes more time with it and he’s seeing the results of his patience. He’s learning the ‘language’ and will sit down with a piece of paper and the instruction book on his own and work through the process. If he comes across a ‘tricky’ technique he hasn’t yet mastered, he’ll try it first and then ask for help when he needs it.
I don’t know if there’s a concrete connection between Tuttle Publishing’s origami kits and Tristan’s increase in patience, but I have definitely noticed that Tristan is more willing to try new folds and doesn’t become as frustrated over an error as he used to be. What a relief!
Tristan (and the rest of us) have been busy folding zoo animals and playing with them on the zoo map, which a such a neat addition to this set! It’s the little details like this that make Tuttle Publishing so great!
Tristan’s favourite creature to date is the parrot because it’s formed in such a way that it will sit on your finger (or a stand as you can see in the photo above).
Before these awesome Tuttle origami kits came into our lives, I’m afraid my kids were stuck with frogs, and cranes as the extent of my knowledge. I’m loving the variety, care, and attention Tuttle puts into every kit. We even took some origami along with us on our camping trip last month!