During the summer months, many parents are faced with the same dilemma: how to keep their children occupied while traveling, visiting restaurants, or being anywhere that requires them to keep still or quiet for a certain amount of time. Most parents these days offer the same thing: an iPad, smart phone, or any other device that instantly automatically becomes an electronic babysitter. Well now, there’s a new way to keep small children entertained, without having to put a bright screen in front of their faces.
The It’s Always Autumn blog has come up with a great way to teach children how to make an origami frog. And the best part is that it actually jumps! In fact, these are very easy to fold and a lot of fun to play with, too.
Many moms and dads might already know how to make origami frogs. After all, before tablets, smart phones, and electronic handheld devices were all the rage, many young kids made origami arts and crafts during their spare time.
For those who need a refresher, here are a few simple steps on how you can teach your kids how to make a jumping origami frog at home:
- First, fold the paper in half sideways to make a rectangle.
- Second, fold the corners down and unfold them right away, repeating this for both top corners of your rectangle.
- Third, flip the paper over and fold the top of the paper down at the spot where the diagonal creases meet and then unfold it.
- Fourth, flip over once again, and fold the two edges toward you so they meet each other.
- Fifth, fold the bottom of the paper up so that its edge meets the bottom of your triangle. Fold the two corners of the triangle up to form the "front legs" of the frog.
- Sixth, fold the sides inward to meet at the center.
- Seventh, fold the bottom of the paper upward so its edge touches the bottom of the "legs," and unfold right away.
- Eighth, insert your fingers into the inside of the flaps, and pull the bottom corners outward to the sides, so that the bottom edge comes up to touch the bottom of the legs.
- Ninth, fold the corners down so they meet at the bottom of the figure.
- Tenth, fold the bottom corners outward to form the "back legs" of the frog.
- Eleventh Create a zigzag fold at the bottom of the figure, folding the bottom half up and then the bottom quarter back down.
- Viola! Your frog is ready to jump!