Origami is the art of paper folding to create various shapes like swans, people or hats. This can be a fun activity for kids as well as an excellent educational tool to teach children about basic shapes and geometry. The sliding-wreath star is an origami activity that morphs from a star to various other shapes. A set of origami paper and some simple folding techniques will get your students on the track to an educational exercise in geometry.
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Things you need
- 8 pieces of 4-inch (10 cm) square paper
Fold a diagonal on a piece of paper and unfold it. Then fold one of the corners of the paper towards the square's centre. Then fold the adjacent corner point to the centre. Your paper should look like a triangle with a rectangular base.
Fold the paper along its symmetry line to the inside, so that the previous folds are not showing. Then put your finger at the corner at the bottom edge and push it in to fold in along the diagonal crease. Your shape will now become a parallelogram.
Repeat to create seven more parallelogram shapes with your remaining pieces of paper.
Slide one parallelogram paper into the opening, or "wings" of another one. Ensure that the "wings" of the parallelogram are toward the outside. Then tuck and fold the overhanging tips of the outer parallelogram paper into the wings of the inserted one.
Repeat with the other six pieces. After tucking the overhanging tips of the eighth piece into the first parallelogram, you will have created your origami sliding-wreath star. You can now gently slide the pieces apart or together to create different shapes.
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