The Wonderful Benefits of Origami

"I believe that origami carries the
message of peace to everyone in the world.
For when we use our hands effectively, our hearts
are most at peace". - Akira Yoshizawa (Origami Grandmaster)

Origami is good for you!

Origami, the art of paper folding has proven to be so much more than just a beautiful craft idea. Origami is good for you. This realization has been taken to the classroom and used by many teachers to broaden the student's way of thinking. Origami compels the student to develop skills in an interesting way. This activity teaches skills that are necessary and beneficial in every day living. Patience is something that we all need to learn. Each and every day, whether at school, at work, at home or at the grocery store, people need to practice patience. This is difficult for some individuals, especially for the child who is waiting their turn for the swing for example. Origami can be used to instill this importance of patience in both children and adults alike.

Educational Benefits of Origami


Develop Shape, Size, & Color Recognition

Develop Geometric Fundamentals • Measurement

Develop Math Concepts & Vocabulary

Increase Writing in the Math Class

Develop Symmetry • Congruence • Angles

Develop Fractions • Ratio • Proportion

Develop Problem Solving, Analytical, Critical Thinking

Investigate 3-Dimensional Objects • Spatial Sense

Language Arts

Recognize Pictorial Representations & Symbols

Interpret Diagrams

Develop Verbal & Vocabulary Cues

Develop Communication Skills • Stimulate Creative Writing Skills, Origami & Story Telling

Develop Reading & Comprehension

Social Studies

Increase Multicultural Awareness & Appreciation

Explore the Language, Music, & History of the East

Promote Peace Education

Illustrate Historical Events & Holidays

Fold and Send Origami Cranes to Hiroshima, Japan on Peace Day (August 6, anniversary of the bombing)


Nurture Creativity & Challenge Imagination

Explore Origami Ideas using Origami: Mobiles, Jewelry, Ornaments, Party Decorations

Experiment with Different Textures & Materials

Recycle Gift Wrap, Magazines, Newspapers, Greeting Cards, Posters, Flyers, Maps & Calendars

Create Variations of Smaller and Larger Models

Decorate a Bulletin Board • Seasonal

Arrange an Origami Exhibit at your Local Library


Fold Origami Animals, Birds, Insects & Flowers

Recycle Paper Resources-Environmentally Friendly

Test if Origami Boats Sale, Cups Hold Water, the Aerodynamics, Velocity, & Motion of Paper Airplanes

Promote Scientific Inquiry: Observe & Measure the Distance of Origami Jumping Frogs & Rabbits

Social Skills

Develop Listening Skills • Following Directions

Apply Multiple Intelligences to Learn Math Facts

Develop Precision, Sequence & Organization Skills

Reinforce Concentration, Memory, & Recall

Develop Eye-Hand Coordination & fine motor control

Foster Cooperation, Patience, & Socialization

Increase Motivations, Confidence, Boost Self-Esteem

Promote School-Home Connection: Encourage Children to Teach Family & Friends

from Barbara Pearl's book: "Math in Motion: Origami in the Classroom"


Origami can stimulate development in many ways

Independence from Technology

Although computers and other types of digital technology have obvious benefits, they also make it easy for us to become passive consumers, rather than actively engaged. Origami can help restore our ability to engage in and make discoveries about the physical world using our hands and imagination. An added benefit is that paper is inexpensive and recyclable.

Brain Development

Doing origami stimulates both the left (logical) and right (creative) hemispheres of our brains, whether we reproduce other’s designs or create our own. Research has shown that the tactile, motor, and visual zones in our brains are engaged and active when we do origami.

Life Skills

Origami teaches patience, analytical skills, and delayed gratification, all of which are valuable qualities that can help us to be successful in life.

- from Joel Stern's book: "Origami Games, hands-on fun for kids!"