Origami may seem complicated but it's one of the simplest craft activities around: all you need is some squares of coloured paper and a pair of scissors. Follow the instructions below to find out how to make an origami frog, or watch the step by step video.
What you need:
- 1 x square of origami paper (preferably green)
Number of players:
First you need to make your square piece of paper into a rectangle. So fold down about ¼ of the square and cut along the fold to make a rectangle of paper.
If you are using two-coloured paper (with only one side coloured green) turn it white side up.
Fold it over diagonally – equal to the square within the rectangle – so that there is a small flap left over at the bottom.
Open it out.
Do the same again, so that you have a criss-cross fold line in the middle of the piece of paper.
Turn it over – green side up.
Fold the paper across the middle at the point where the two diagnoal folds meet. Open it out again.
Turn it over, white side up.
Fold the top right hand corner down to the bottom of the diagonal fold below, taking care to fold the paper inbetween into a triangle that fold inwards along the fold lines you have just made. Do the same with the left hand corner.
Fold the right hand corner of the triangle you have just created up to meet the top of the triangle. Do the same on the other side. You should now have a diamond shape sitting on top of a triangle, with a white flap of paper along the bottom.
Turn the paper on its side and fold the edges, including the white paper at the bottom, in to meet in the middle.
Turn it so that it is with the pointed end up.
Fold the bottom flap up once to the bottom of the triangle shape.
Then fold it again downwards, concertina-style.
Turn it over, pull down the little pointed flaps at the front to make your frog’s front legs.
Sit him on the table and push down on his bottom with your forefinger – he should hop along just like a real frog.
- Thanks to our sister company Kidspot Australia for the creating the instructional video.