I’ve shared a few paper-folding crafts with you over the years. Paper folding is a great first step for students to learn as they begin to become more independently creative and explore their own ideas by making.
Although it can be challenging to help a whole class of students with the steps, it is well worth the effort. Once students have made several projects and are confident with various folds their creativity can blossom. Provide a box of paper scraps, scissor and glue and let them explore!
Make teaching some initial projects, more manageable for yourself as the teacher by:
- expecting that the first lesson would be challenging
- starting with simple projects that require just a few folds
- demonstrating the steps with the largest paper you have available so students can clearly see how the folds progress
- as you demonstrate, give short verbal instructions to support the fold
- have a coloring page or similar activity at students desks, and work your way around the other tables, demonstrating and helping 5-6 students at a time
Here is a bee craft with just a few folds. The first fold – from square to triangle across the diagonal – is great for students to master first.