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Origami is the traditional Japanese art of paper folding, which started in the 17th century AD at the latest and was popularized outside of Japan in the mid-1900s. It has since then evolved into a modern art form. The goal of this art is to transform a flat sheet of paper into a finished sculpture through folding and sculpting techniques, and as such the use of cuts or glue are not considered to be origami.

Paper cutting and gluing is usually considered kirigami. The number of basic origami folds is small, but they can be combined in a variety of ways to make intricate designs. The best known origami model is probably the Japanese paper crane. In general, these designs begin with a square sheet of paper whose sides may be different colors or prints.

Origami as Therapy

Some therapists have found that origami helps those with low self esteem, anxiety, ADHD, autism, mental retardation, and other psychological conditions. People who have been diagnosed with depression have found that origami gives them hope.

Origami can encourage

* Use positive social interaction

* Use problem-solving approach

* Patience

* Promote creativity

* To share feelings and knowledge

Origami can facilitate

* Learning experience

* Problem solving experience

* Communication experience

* Goal setting experience

* Opportunity for fun & relaxation

Educational Benefits of Origami

Parents and teachers understand the educational benefits of origami and use paper folding as a tool to teach math, arts and social studies.

Origami Resources

Origami Resources