Origami for Children As far back as the mid 1800's it was discovered that origami was a delightful project for young children. Besides teaching eye hand coordination and developing concentration the child had a toy they had made themselves when they were finished. With practice a child of any age can even create a number of the more advanced figures. You really need to see pictures and diagrams to help you understand how this idea is applied. There are many books published about origami. You might find some in the local bookstore or at the library. Crafting magazines may also be a good source for information on origami. One place you're sure to locate beneficial material about this ancient activity is on the Internet. Not just anyone will have the patience to continuously fold a piece of paper attempting to create a particular object. For people who design origami projects, the mathematics of it all can be very frustrating and again would definitely require a patient individual. What skills are required for origami? Getting people interested in activities such as origami encourages people to develop a hobby where they can be creative and be involved in a group activity. The therapeutic advantages of origami are amazing. To be able to take a simple concept such as paper folding and watch it make a difference in people's lives is awesome. Small paper dragons, pigs, rabbits and tigers become chop stick (or knife) rests, or attach them to your place cards for a decorative touch that your guests can take with them. Picnics: A large plastic cloth can be folded into a picnic basket then unfolded and used as a tablecloth or picnic blanket when you are ready to dine. Once starting a project, it's difficult to stop until the desired result is achieved. It may take several attempts but eventually the results will be top-notch. Origami has grown in popularity as a teaching tool. Educators and teachers are using origami in the classroom. This activity has proven to be effective in teaching children to be patient and attentive.