Like many things in Japanese culture, origami (from "oru" meaning to fold, and "kami" meaning paper) has its origins in China. It is believed that paper was first made, and folded, in China in the first or second century. The earliest records of origami in Japan date to the Heian Period (794-1185).
Originally considered a child's activity origami now attracts the interest of mathematicians, engineers, scientists, computer programmers, college professors and professional artists. It is an art form than can be practiced by preschoolers to senior citizens, those who are hospitalized, handicapped, or blind, those who wish to share a craft with a group of friends, and those who wish to explore the infinite possibilities of paper-folding.
After you have completed the designs in your packet, we thought you might want to do some more Origami designs, so we have included instructions. At this point, I have to make a little confession, I have never been able to do origami following the folding visual directions and I have tried. Actually, with three of my children, I have bought multiple kits and tried to work through the folding instructions, with no success. It wasn't until Maria, suggested that we try the You Tube video that I was actually able to create something....and I love it. But having said that I did want to include a traditional folding instruction sheet below for you to try. This represents traditional origami. Following the written instructions, I have included some additional You Tube video sites with additional designs.