What are the Educational Benefits of Origami?

May 21st, 2018 watchmegrowdaycarecenter

Origami Childhood Education The word “origami” stems from two words in Japanese: “oru,” meaning “to fold,” and “kami,” which means “paper.” So “origami” actually translates to “folding paper,” or, as we know it, the art of paper folding. In modern times, the age-old art form from Japan has taken the world by storm, as a creative means of redesigning paper into beautiful sculptures, or useful tools.

Now, as studies have shown, origami actually holds significant benefits for childhood education.

As anyone who’s worked on origami knows, the art form takes some serious hand-eye coordination and delicate motor skills: you’re constantly moving both hands to mix and match different shapes. For young children, this sort of activity provides a great opportunity to develop and hone this coordination, which can be incredibly important at a young age.

In addition, the act of cutting and folding paper takes sequencing, spatial skills, and plenty of math reasoning—fields that are essential in future learning.

Not to mention that mastering origami takes time. You won’t be good at it on your first try, and will learn to practice over and over to get better. At a young age, patience and attention are a virtue. Origami is a helpful tool to teach children to practice a craft, and put in the effort to improve. It also requires learning about another culture, working with other students, and teaching yourself new tricks. These are all steps in the right direction!

At our daycare center, crafts have proven to be an extremely popular activity amongst children. They know when something challenges them, and are determined to master it themselves. If you have any questions about our curriculum, contact us today! We’d be happy to talk.

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