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Top 5 Reasons Children’s Origami Books Make Perfect Children's Holiday Gifts

December 21, 2016

The ancient Japanese art of paper-folding is more than a creative way to have fun with paper—it’s also a great way to have fun during the holidays. Check out these top 5 reasons Origami books make great holiday gifts (and encourage family time):

#1: Hands-on fun is good for kids’ brains

Research shows kids benefit from folding, drawing, coloring, and other ways of interacting with actual materials, like paper—and not just the passive interaction of the new video games Santa brought. Get little neurons firing with fun project-based books like origami.

#2: The whole family can join in

Young children, middle schoolers and tweens, teenagers, even grandparents—there is no age limit to working together on fun origami artworks. Younger children will love the help, and everyone can join in with multiple creations at the same time.

#3: They make great gift-wrapping accessories

Origami make beautiful adornments to holiday wrapping. Tie a swan to the top of a gift bag or tape a flower near the bow or ribbons on a box. Fasten an origami animal to a bottle of wine for a fun hostess gift.

#4: They make wonderful ornaments

Paper birds, butterflies, animals—all make lovely additions to any Christmas tree. They’re light enough to prop on a branch, or can easily be fitted with a ribbon or hook for holiday displays.

#5: It’s winter

Let’s face it—kids will need things to do if the weather turns cold and everyone is stuck indoors. Origami books make for fun projects that are easy to take on the road to the in-laws, or to pass the time if there’s a winter storm.

Here are some of our favorite origami books from Arcturus Publishing:

action-origamiAction Origami

by Joe Fullman and Belinda Webster

Learn how to make incredible paper models which float, fly, flip, jump, and snap! This is a fun and imaginative introduction to the traditional Japanese art of paper-folding, for children aged 8 and up.

 
 
 
 
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animal-origamiAnimal Origami

by Joe Fullman and Belinda Webster

Discover how to turn a simple square of paper into something really wild with this step-by-step guide to making incredible origami animals. Perfect for animal-lovers aged 6 and above.

 
 
 
 
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origamiOrigami

by Belinda Webster

With simple, step-by-step instructions, a range of fun projects to complete, and more than 400 sheets of beautiful, high-quality Origami paper, this is the ultimate paper-folding companion for readers aged 8 and above.

 
 
 
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stunning-projectsOrigami: Create a Range of Stunning Projects, Step by Step

by Belinda Webster

This exciting kit shows you how to create a range of stunning projects step-by-step. It comprises a 64-page book which includes a wide range of graded projects, from traditional Japanese origami subjects such as birds and flowers to modern decorations and gift boxes. Also included are 100 sheets of beautiful origami paper in four stunning designs.

 
 
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amazing-origamiAmazing Origami

by Lisa Miles

A fantastic guide to paper craft, this is a fun and enjoyable activity book that teaches children a new skill they can be proud of. The clear step-by-step instructions are easy to follow and the photographs showing the process and the finished product give children a clear idea of what they are working toward.

 
 
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