Origami Crowns- Easy Paper Craft For Kids

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Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Several weeks ago, I picked up a pack of origami paper on a whim.  Since we love Simple Paper Crafts so much, it seemed like something we'd enjoy!  And it was!  Lena (age 5.5, with good fine motor skills) was just the right age to begin learning some basic paper folding.  Since we seem to have a thing about headgear (like this Dinosaur Hat and Valentine Crown), an origami crown was the perfect first project for us.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids. Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary. Great for fine motor development!

Origami is a great way to introduce some geography and culture to your children.  It doesn't have to be complicated!  I started by explaining that origami was the Japanese tradition of paper folding.  We found Japan on the map, and for inspiration I found some really great images of advanced origami through a Google image search.  Lena couldn't wait to begin.

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For most children, you'll need 6 sheets of paper.  Ours came from this pack (but be sure to read the reviews).  The crown is fairly adjustable, so the measurement doesn't have to be precise.  You'll fold 6 triangle pieces and then connect them.  Let's get started!

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Start with one sheet of paper.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Flip it over, so that the colored side is facing down.

Fold the paper so that the top and bottom meet.  Crease, and unfold.  Next, fold the paper so that the sides meet.  Crease, and unfold.  You'll have a cross in the middle of your paper.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Fold the top right and left corners down to the center point.  You have a little house!

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Fold the bottom edge up to meet the center horizontal line.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Fold the rectangle up one more time, along the center horizontal line.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Make 5 more triangles, so that you have a total of 6.  When you flip them over, they should look like this.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Next it's time to attach them together.  Pull the tips of the triangles down just a bit.  The picture doesn't make their colors perfectly clear, but I'm calling the triangle on the left pink and the triangle on the right purple.  Slide the rectangular area of the purple triangle into the rectangular area (there's a fold-- it opens up) of the pink triangle.  Basically the whole purple piece should slide into or behind the pink piece.  

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Flip the triangles back up along the crease.  You should see the pink triangle coming in front of the purple triangle, and the rectangular area of the purple triangle sliding into the rectangular area of the pink triangle.  Slide the purple piece in as far as it will go.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Continue connecting the triangles, and finally connect the last one in order to form a complete circle.   You can adjust the size of the crown by sliding the pieces in or out from one another a little.  

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

This was a lovely first origami project for my 5-year-old daughter, Lena.  First, she LOVED picking out her papers to use.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

She ended up with a nice array of animal prints- she was making a "jungle crown."

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

The fold pattern is simple enough that most kids can probably pick it up after showing them once or twice.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Look at that concentration!  This is a fantastic activity to develop fine motor skills, as well.

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Lena made her 6 pieces and then needed a little bit of help connecting them.  That's the trickiest bit!

Origami Crown- Easy Paper Craft For Kids.  Simple Japanese paper folding, suitable for kindergarteners or early elementary.  Great for fine motor development!

Lena absolutely loved this project, and she's already been begging for more origami!

(Click over here to see our next origami project-- Origami Treasure Boxes)

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