Georgitte Georgitte. galleries. May 17th , 2018.
Since ancient times, the Japanese have viewed the crane as a symbol of long life and good fortune. Nowadays, when people refer to "a thousand origami cranes," they generally really mean a thousand. But in the past, the phrase "a thousand origami cranes" referred to a large number of paper cranes. The number did not have to be exactly 1,000.
For younger kids there’s typically the satisfaction of being able to fold a piece of paper into a figure that they aren’t yet capable of drawing. Origami teaches kids much far more than how to|the way to|tips on how to fold paper and make cute toys. They learn dexterity, they learn to listen and follow directions. They also learn a bit about creativity and focus, and the whole notion of practice makes perfect.
In Japan, at one time origami was taught in schools but today, children are generally taught origami at home. Holidays are celebrated with colorful origami decorations made by the family. On children‘s day (formerly boy‘s day), children make colorful carp: a fish that swims upstream, against the current. This symbolizes strength. During the summer, Tanabata, The Star Festival is celebrated. Live bamboo branches are decorated with origami stars and other paper decorations in a manner which brings to mind a decorated Christmas tree.
If you put the word Storytelling and the word Origami together, you get Storigami. It is fun to use your imagination as you see the shapes emerge and put them into a story. Then when you want to make the model again, the story will help to remind you of what to do next. When the story is very helpful in remembering the fold, I call it a Teaching Tale.
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