With origami, the Japanese art of paper folding, you can create a myriad of paper animals. The simplicity of the origami grasshopper makes it a convenient design to teach young children, who may have trouble with smaller, more complex folding patterns. You can also use origami grasshoppers as part of a science lesson for kids about grasshoppers and other insects, or as an early science experiment to determine what size and type of paper makes origami grasshoppers hop the best.
Lay a piece of square paper on a flat surface. If the paper is coloured on one side and white on the other, place the coloured side down.
Fold the paper in half diagonally, forming a triangle.
Arrange the paper so the folded side of the triangle is closest to you. Fold the triangle in half from side to side, creating a smaller triangle.
Unfold the fold you just made. Fold the bottom left point of the triangle up to the top point, then repeat with the bottom right point. You should be left with a diamond shape.
Fold the right point of the diamond over to the left point, along the crease that you made in Step 3. This should create a smaller triangle.
Pick up the top left point of the triangle and fold it to the right. The tip of the paper should just pass the right side of the triangle, and the fold should be at a slight angle, not exactly parallel to the right side of the triangle.
Flip the paper over. Repeat Step 6 with the remaining flap, matching the fold with the previous one.
Draw a face, with a marker or pencil, on the larger end of the grasshopper.
Place the grasshopper on a flat surface. Press down on the nose to make it hop.
If the grasshopper is difficult to fold, try a larger square of paper.
Tips and warnings
- If the grasshopper is difficult to fold, try a larger square of paper.