Origami is a paper folding art of Japan. In the term origami, ‘ori’ means folding and ‘gami’ means paper. Japanese children learn origami from a very young age. In the western countries, origami is taught in school. According to research, this art of paper folding adds unique value to the education system of your children. Here are the major benefits of origami.
Develop behavioral skills
Origami lets children learn through repeatable actions. It is important to observe and listen carefully to the instructions given. After observing your mentor’s actions, you should repeat the actions yourself with great accuracy. It is a test of patience and gives you increased self-esteem if done successfully.
Improves math skills
Origami teaches spatial reasoning and symmetry. These algebraic rules can be taught in the form of origami rather than using the formal ‘math lesson.’ By folding papers, students can make geometric shapes like squares, rectangles, triangles, etc.
Students use their hands to follow a specific set of steps in sequence when making something. These steps are done in a particular order. This motor activity is important for the development of the mental representation of space and intuitive thought.
Awareness of different cultures
Origami has its roots from Japan. By learning origami, people start appreciating the Japanese culture. So, they learn to accept works of other culture.
Origami provides a positive learning experience for students. It is a wonderful activity the is even suitable for people with learning disability. Schools should have classes on origami to make students more enthusiastic about arts and crafts.