# Kids Origami and Math - Butterflies

Jul 23, 2024

Origami is a great tool for helping children develop focus and concentration.  Each design takes a bit of time and children need to focus on each step to get the outcome they desire.  In addition, origami is terrific for building fine motor skills.  Children with strong fine motor skills will have an easier time printing, using scissors, doing art projects of all types, etc.  Origami is also fun and packed with math.  Engaging in origami with your child is a fun way to build their skills with fractions and geometry.

This project is especially fun with some patterned paper.  You can use origami paper or cut some squares from some wrapping paper.  Find a pattern you love and then get to work on your butterfly.

## BUTTERFLY

Let's make some butterflies today.  These are so great for thinking about symmetry.

1. First fold your paper horizontally and then vertically.  Look at how we have created two lines of symmetry.

2. How many lines of symmetry are there in a square?  We are going to make two more.  Next fold your paper on each of the diagonals.  How many lines of symmetry do you see now?

3. Bring in two of the sides of your paper and flatten it to make a triangle.  Where do you find symmetry here?  (This is a classic origami shape called a waterbomb base that is used in many designs.  Now you know how to make it.)

4. Position your shape so the point is at the top.  Then fold the left corner of the top layer up to the point and the center crease line.  Next fold the right corner of the top layer up to the point and the center crease line.  Where do you see symmetry now?

5. For me this last step was the trickiest.  Take a breath.  OK, now grab the top point of the back layer.  Pull it down until it extends just past the bottom of the shape.

6.  Fold that little point over so it holds onto the rest of the shape.  Fluff up your shape a bit and you will have a butterfly!

Make a bunch of butterflies and string them together to make a beautiful garland or place them around your house for decorations.

SYMMETRY - when one side is a mirror image of the other side. Both sides are exactly the same.

This project was adapted from: https://www.gatheringbeauty.com/blog//2016/05/easy-origami-butterfly.html

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