My son was obsessed with learning how to fold an Origami Shirukan Throwing Star. He had trouble cutting perfectly square pieces of paper so I handed him My First Origami Kit which I received from a publisher to review.
Unfortunately, the book did not include instructions on how to make a Shirukan Throwing Star but the origami paper was beautiful and just the right size. The kit comes with a book, 60 papers, 150 stickers and 22 projects.
He watched a few YouTube videos along with a post that had photos. I watched him struggle in frustration as he tried to learn from the video but it went to fast and certain tricky critical folds were unclear. Still, I wanted to see if he would stick with it. He did, while also pushing his bedtime a half hour late.
He used all 60 origami papers to make Shirukans.
Now the fun part … throwing them!
We also play a game taking half the Shirukan each and throwing them at a target that my son made and taped to his door.
Do your kids like to fold origami? Is there any shape that they want to learn? I can fold a crane and box. I made a video on how to fold an origami cup and a origami fortune teller for a Chinese New Year Book Club for Kids using Demi’s The Greatest Power.
My son just likes weapons!
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