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Re: Origami

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Bunki Kramer (
Sat, 18 Apr 1998 10:28:42 -0700

Hi Dayna,

A suggestion. If you are doing this for the first time, you might want to
try using Xerox white paper (squared) with the younger kids because there
will be some mess-ups until they get a handle on it. A package (ream of 500
sheets) of it cost...what?...$2.50 or so? You can get colored Xerox paper
but the colors are generally "whimpy" or washed-out.

If you're into colors, I would move into "Astrobright" colored paper (found
at Costco and Office Depot/or Office Supply). It's a little heavier than
the white Xerox, but the colors are smashingly bright. You can buy it in a
ream of mixed colors or reams of one color only. I use so much of it that I
buy it in reams of one color each. We use this when I'm teaching my 7th/8th
grade ART & MATH classes unit origami. Younger kids could work with it

You can also use the leftover pieces cut into smaller squares for tiny origami
pieces. My kids make little tiny unit origami jewelry out of them......soooooo
there's no paper wasted...and it's kinda nifty to work so tiny.

I've also used gift wrapping paper but oftentimes it comes only 1-sided and
doesn't turn out as well when origami-ed. Let us know what you tried and
how it worked.


Bunki Kramer
Los Cerros Middle School
968 Blemer Rd.
Danville, California 94526