Milo is keeping very busy this summer. He has matured into such a driven, curious, knowledge-hungry little boy! When he is not spending time outside or burying his nose in a book, he is doing origami. And I’m not just saying this because he’s my kid — he’s really very good! I think it’s because there are specific steps to follow and he has always had a knack for following directions, specifically for building things or putting things together.
And it’s not all that easy! I was so impressed with his lily above, I sat down to make one with him, and I messed up. Twice. A true lesson in patience and practice, as one of these things can take a good 20 minutes to complete!
Right now, there is origami all over our house. On every surface, beautifully folded designs, boxes, flowers, birds, fish, and even skunks! I love finding them tucked away on windowsills and nightstands.
He taught Oliver how to make origami fish, so they worked together one afternoon to make a whole school of fish to hang from the ceiling of their room. Whenever we turn the fan on low, they gently “swim” around in such a pleasant way. So relaxing to lie on our backs on the rug underneath and watch them move. If you’re looking for something special for an older child, I highly recommend getting this set, which comes with an instructional DVD (really, it’s very helpful to see step-by-step what each fold should look like). It’s actually something parents will enjoy doing with their kids, I promise!
Also, if you’re wanting to sneak in a little math this summer, this geometric origami kit seems awesome…