Chimpanzees are highly intelligent monkeys that are a source of fascination for children and adults alike. These mammals can be studied in the classroom as part of a lesson on jungle animals or seen in person on a field trip to a zoo or animal sanctuary. Origami chimpanzee faces can be made as part of an easy, engaging craft project.
Place a piece of brown origami paper coloured-side down in front of you.
Fold the top corner of the paper down to meet the bottom corner. Crease the fold and open it back up. Fold the left corner over to meet the right corner. Crease and reopen. The paper will now have one vertical and one horizontal crease.
Fold the top left and bottom right sides of the paper in approximately 2 centimetres. The brown side of the origami paper will be showing.
Fold in the bottom left and top right sides of the paper approximately 2 centimetres. The paper will now have a brown border.
Fold the left, top and right corners of the paper in to form the chimpanzee's cheeks and forehead. Fold the bottom corner of the paper backwards to form the straight bottom of the chimpanzee's face.
Decorate the origami chimpanzee face. Add eyebrows, eyes, a nose and a mouth using coloured pencils or markers. If desired, give the chimpanzee face a comical appearance by gluing large, cut-out monkey ears on either side.
Explore using this basic format with a variety of origami paper colours to make different animal faces. Have children glue their origami monkey faces to craft sticks to make puppets.