First practiced by the Chinese and Japanese, the art of paper folding was and continues to be popular in many cultures. When it was originally started, origami instructions were passed on verbally. Over the years the details and steps required for origami projects have been written down and/or relayed through diagrams. With his geometric skills, great imagination and precision he created magnificent dragons, elephants and birds using a single sheet of paper. His directions for folding have been cited in a great number of origami primers. Yoshizawa received world recognition in the 1950's and later was the cultural ambassador for Japan. The very first origami project a person might do, without even knowing it is making a paper airplane. In order to make a perfect paper airplane there needs to be precise folds and creases made. The plane needs to be symmetrical which requires the folds and creases to be identical on both sides of the paper airplane. Looking at a picture of the intended outcome provides the individual with a motive to complete a project. With each fold they are closer to their goal. Once the object is finished and the goal is reached, they experience a sense of achievement. Goal setting is great to teach children as well. Achieving a goal helps them to feel empowered and equipped for the next new challenge. Fold up the figure and you have made an eight fold fan with alternating mountain and valley folds, also called an accordion fold. The Lattice - make a Cupboard from a square piece of paper. Open the Cupboard and repeat the procedure folding in a horizontal direction. Open the paper and you have the Lattice. It's difficult to visualize this concept. 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.