You’ve probably heard of making paper cranes as an elementary art project, which might seem mundane and even pointless at first. But origami has many more possibilities for encouraging creativity, learning, and developing fine motor skills. As an added bonus, kids are more than happy to sit still for a few minutes while you teach them a fun new way to interact with paper and create their own art with such a simple element. To learn more about origami in the elementary classroom, check out the benefits and teaching tips compiled here.
Educational and Health Benefits of Origami
As research has shown, doing origami can develop the muscles in the hands and improve control over hand movements, making it a good choice for physical therapy in patients with hand injuries. Of course, your kids probably haven’t had hand surgery, but developing the muscles in their hands can help improve coordination and control. These benefits could lead to increased typing proficiency or aptitude with musical instruments, and any other activity that requires fine motor skills could be better accomplished with stronger and more adroit hands. Origami can also help with conditions like ADHD, low self esteem, anxiety, depression, autism, and other psychological conditions.
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