How to Make a Paper Blow-Up Frog

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How to Make a Paper Blow-Up Frog
A blown up paper frog and other origami animals. (Digital Vision./Photodisc/Getty Images)

The craft of folding paper into animals and other forms is derived from the Japanese craft known as origami. Making paper frogs is an engaging activity that you can do with children and, when complete, kids will have a toy that they can proudly say they made themselves. Making a paper blow-up frog is an intermediate project that calls for careful folding and attention to detail. Once folded, blowing up the frog makes it hop a little farther.

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Things you need

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  1. 1

    Lay a square piece of paper on a clean surface. Fold the paper diagonally from one top corner to the opposite bottom corner. Open the fold and fold it on the opposite diagonal. Fold the paper through the centre vertically, and then horizontally. You should have eight equal triangles

  2. 2

    Hold the paper in the centre where all of your folds intersect. Push the middle vertical line of the four sides into the centre and pull the ends out. Collapse the folds together into a smaller square.

  3. 3

    Place your finger in one of the pockets of the small square. Open the pocket and press it down flat over the centre of the square, also known as a squash fold.

  4. 4

    Repeat step 3 three times so that each of the four pockets are "squashed", forming the shape of a diamond.

  5. 5

    Fold the two bottom corners to the centre on each of the four sides, and then unfold each corner.

  6. 6

    Perform the petal fold on the four flaps. Pull the centre of the pocket and crease the top flap down flat so the tip is opposite the bottom. When complete, you'll have a diamond shape.

  7. 7

    Fold the diamond vertically down the middle. Bring the bottom edges of the top layer up to the centre. Perform this step on all four sides.

  8. 8

    Crease the four frog legs. Fold the two bottom flaps at the centre so the points, or the frog's front legs, are pointed up. Fold the remaining two bottom flaps, the back legs, at a diagonal so the right leg is horizontal and pointing right and the left is horizontal pointing left.

  9. 9

    Fold the two front legs pointing forward at a diagonal to lay horizontally, and the two back legs at a diagonal so they point down.

  10. 10

    Lift the pocket of the frog's body where the two back legs meet and blow into this area to inflate the frog.

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