Why Origami Improves Students' Skills

Why Origami Improves Students' Skills

Origami is all around us and can be a source of inspiration for children and adults alike.

Origami, the ancient art of paper folding, has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science. While some of the oldest pieces of origami have been found in ancient China and its deepest roots are in ancient Japan, origami can make an impact in today's education too. This art form engages students and sneakily enhances their skills -- including improved spatial perception and logical and sequential thinking. Origami excites other modalities of learning. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning. Such skills allow children to comprehend, characterize, and construct their own vernacular for the world around them. Origami provides children an opportunity to solve something that isn't prescribed and gives them a chance to make friends with failure (i.e. trial and error).

So no matter how you fold it, origami is a way to get children engaged in math or art, could improve their skills, and makes them appreciate the world around them more. When it comes to making lessons exciting, origami is above the fold.

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