Welcome to the first in our new series on Elementary Origami Animals! Add a tactile dynamic to early literacy! Today, we’ll be focusing on two kindergarten level projects: the Puppy and the Elephant!
Duration: 5 minutes
Learning Outcomes: Practice following directions as you fold these together as a class. Exercise fine motor skills to fold and crease neatly.
- R15219 Elementary Origami Animals
- Washable Markers
- Glue stick
- Googly Eyes
Start by choosing a sheet of the double-sided origami paper. Here is the video tutorial for folding the elephant:
Once you have folded your elephant, use a glue stick to put google eyes on him! You can also use washable marker.
Once all the kids have their elephants, the question is, what book do you pair your elephant with? For very young readers, picture books read with reading buddies are a great option. Independent learners might also enjoy exploring the images in an elephant reference book on their own! Some of my favorite elephant books include:
- The Story of Babar by Jean de Brunhoff
- Dumbo by the Walt Disney Company
- Elephant Family by Jane Goodall
- Horton Hears a Who by Dr. Seuss
If you want to fold the puppy instead, start with a sheet of origami paper. Here is the video tutorial for folding the puppy:
Once your puppy is folded, give him eyes and a nose!
There have been many, many picture books about dogs and puppies written, so feel free to choose your favorite! Here are some of my favorites:
- Clifford the Big Red Dog by Norman Bridwell
- Officer Buckle and Gloria by Peggy Rathmann
- Go, Dog, Go! By P.D. Eastman
Challenge students to practice letter recognition with their origami pals!
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