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Two Brilliant Paper Folding Origami Books For Kids!

Two Brilliant Paper Folding Books For Kids!

I purposely said ‘paper folding’ and didn’t use the word origami in the title as I know some people are ‘allergic,’ immediately tense up and say ‘I can’t do it.’  The things is, these two paper folding books are the best in the whole wide world, according to me.  They were both given as birthday presents to two of our kids by a very lovely friend.and they keep coming back off the shelf time and time again.  They come with their own coloured and patterned paper and are totally suitable for girls and boys alike!

These really would be perfect for Christmas presents: it’s something the kids can enjoy by themselves, or something you can really enjoy doing together while sipping mulled wine.

 

Wild & Wonderful Origami

(Age 6 – adult)

Wild & Wonderful Origami - Brilliant Origami Book For Kids

 

Wild & Wonderful Origami - Brilliant Origami Book For Kids

I absolutely love this book – like the aeroplane book, it comes with a stack of full-coloured and patterned paper. It guides you through how to make 35 different animals, each labelled with their own skill level and easy to understand instructions!

Wild & Wonderful Origami - Brilliant Origami Book For Kids

They’re we’re currently working their our way through with the aim of making a zoo, which they’ll we’ll then play with!

The other origami book I totally love is…

Klutz Book Of Paper Airplanes
(Age 6 – adult)

I think it’s part of the rules of the universe to know how to make a paper aeroplane isn’t it?  At least make it a ‘Headhunter’ or a ‘Space Cruiser’…

Klutz Book of Paper Airplanes - Two Brilliant Origami Book For Kids

 

It comes with a stack of 40 coloured & patterned ‘flight ready’ paper, ready to fold the planes and has the enticing caption, ‘The 10 best paper aeroplanes you’ve ever folded and flown!’ I actually think it’s true. All the planes look totally different and they fly amazingly well!

Names such as ‘The Hammer,’ ‘The Professional,’ Nakamura Lock’ and ‘Flying Ninja’ just make our now seven year old brighten with anticipation.  He can fold them by himself now but as a six year old he needed help.  It’s fun to do together and only slightly alarming having to duck them as they’re flight tested around the kitchen…

Please do consider buying both of these books at once.

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15 comments

  • Coombe Mill - Fiona
    December 9, 2015 AT 10:58 PM

    Love the penguins, amazing what you can do with paper!

  • Mama, My Kid Doesn't Poop Rainbows
    November 23, 2015 AT 2:18 AM

    Such a cool idea. I love these crafts. I’ve even done a few with tiny kids at school. Always goes down well.

    Thanks for linking up to #fartglitter x

    • International Elf Service
      November 24, 2015 AT 10:57 AM

      They’re great aren’t they and our youngest is happy just pressing on the creases and watching the magic unfold.

  • Ann
    November 16, 2015 AT 2:46 PM

    That is a really cool folding book! Although I think my kids would probably tear them all apart to call it origami their style! I’ll have to wait till they are a bit older. #fartglitter

    • International Elf Service
      November 16, 2015 AT 2:55 PM

      I still do it with our youngest – I fold and he makes the creases. Good teamwork! Then he gets to enjoy the finished product and be amazed at how it came out of a flat piece of paper X

  • Joanna @mumbalance
    November 13, 2015 AT 6:20 PM

    I love origami with kids. My toddler is too small for it, but I have bought books for my husband’s nephews and nieces and I know they enjoyed them. These look fantastic! Especially the animal one 🙂
    #brilliantblogposts

    • International Elf Service
      November 16, 2015 AT 2:53 PM

      I usually forget about origami but these are really workable and the results are fantastic! Thanks Joanna x

  • Shaz Goodwin (@shazjera)
    November 13, 2015 AT 11:53 AM

    Thinking the planes will make a good stocking filler for my 22 and 19 yo! and my OH would probably join in too (which leaves me to read a Christmas book from MY stocking 🙂 )

    Thanks for linking up with #TalkoftheTown x

    • International Elf Service
      November 13, 2015 AT 11:57 AM

      Yes definitely! Do it, you won’t regret the peace and quiet you get, though you may need to duck occasionally…

      • Shaz Goodwin (@shazjera)
        November 15, 2015 AT 10:47 AM

        Have bought one of the planes and there’s another one by Klutz for Star Wars. Keep them occupied Boxing Day … 🙂

        • International Elf Service
          November 16, 2015 AT 2:54 PM

          ooh I’ll look at the Star Wars one – good tip, thank you!

  • Morgan Prince
    November 12, 2015 AT 8:30 PM

    These books look great! I think I might have to get some for my youngest. 🙂

    • International Elf Service
      November 12, 2015 AT 9:34 PM

      Oh yes do – they really are brilliant x

  • Alexandra @imeverymum
    November 12, 2015 AT 3:33 AM

    This is brilliant. You’ve reminded me our eldest asked about doing some origami with me recently. She’d tried her hand at school. This definitely looks like something we could do together. Great recommendations thank you #brilliantblogposts

    • International Elf Service
      November 12, 2015 AT 12:29 PM

      It’s really fun, particularly when you get a recognisable thing out of it that you can play with at the end! X

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