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<< Then I pick the easiest thing to fold, a
paper cup. Almost all the students have success with that. >>
I usually start with even simpler projects, like a simple kite and sailboat,
which is the kite with a couple more folds. With a class of 22 to 25 K's or
1's, getting around to helping the ones who need help can take the whole 30
The ones who finish early can either make more (I have a stack of square paper
handy) and/or decorate the ones they made with crayons (I LOVE crayons!!).
The next day we make kites and boats in different sizes, decorate them, and
glue them onto 12x18 construction paper in their choice of color to make them
look like night, or morning, or afternoon, etc., and add background. This
gives them practice, reinforcement, and most have success. I help the ones
who don't. IF we have time, I'll teach the cup.
Origami is great for developing small motor skills and children love it.
Terry in Garland, TX