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Origami Dogs

This craft was inspired by Marc Simont's The Stray Dog . To learn more about the book and see all our Stray Dog activities, click here.  

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. The word origami translates literally as ori (folding) and gami (paper).  Here are some amazing examples of advanced origami!

While doing this project, your reader is gaining cognitive development, math skills, multi-cultural awareness, hand-eye coordination and listening skills, all while having fun creating cute little puppies. Be warned – the joy and satisfaction of transforming a flat piece of paper into these dogs is a magical feeling and your reader is sure to create a whole litter!

Supplies

  • construction paper in the color of your dog
  • scissors
  • black or brown stamp pad

Origami Dog 1 (The Easier Version)

Dog Origami 1
Easy Dog Origami for Kids

Easy Dog Origami for Kids

  1. Start with a standard rectangular piece of construction paper. To make a triangle, fold one short end to meet one side, and crease.
  2. Unfold, and cut along crease. You now have a triangle.
  3. Lay the triangle flat with the longest side away from you. Fold the top two corners down to form ears. 
  4. Using the stamp pad and fingers, add eyes and nose. Readers might want to add other details with markers or crayons. 

Origami Dog 2 (The Slightly More Difficult, but Still Easy Version)

Dog Origami 2 Easy Dog Origami for Kids

Easy Dog Origami for Kids

For more, see this origami website.

  1. Start with a square piece of construction paper. Fold in half to make a triangle.
  2. Fold corners together and crease. Unfold so there is a crease down the middle of the triangle. 
  3. Using the crease as a guide, fold the top edges down to make ears. 
  4. Fold the bottom point back. 
  5. Using the stamp pad and fingers, add eyes and nose. Readers might want to add other details with markers or crayons. 


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