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Origami Ninja Stars and Ninja Star Spins from Japan

We are going to learn to make traditional Ninja Stars and Transforming Ninja Stars.

Origami has been loved by Japane... full details

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Description

We are going to learn to make traditional Ninja Stars and Transforming Ninja Stars.

Origami has been loved by Japanese children for centuries. Children folded paper to make art and toys to entertain themselves and be creative. Ninjas, who were trained Japanese spies in the old days, have always been the popular characters in Japan in TV shows and comic books. Today, the same trend can be seen in the Western world.

Origami Ninja stars have been made by the children in Japan for a long time and once they make the stars, they are used as a toy prop for their role play of Ninjas.  In this Workshop we will make traditional Ninja stars, and then make a Ninja star that we will transform into a toy top that spins.  

Origami is not only fun but very educational to elementary to middle school-age children. Origami is especially beneficial to children's hand-to-eye coordination, spatial relationships, following directions, and geometric understanding. In today's digital world, children need to be exposed to more hands-on activities.

When I was a child, I had two Origami instructional books. I would try to make every project in those books. During my middle school years, my classmates and I folded 1000 cranes to take to Hiroshima Peace Memorial during our school excursion.

I have taught origami, including this particular model for years, and it is always fun. 

Please note: This project is great for students 10+ or younger if participating with a parent.  

 

What You'll Need

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Origami Ninja Stars and Ninja Star Spins from Japan GLOkit

The GLOkit contains ten sheets of 5 7/8" x 5 7/8" origami papers in ten colors, sixteen sheets of 3" x 3" in six-eight colors and two patterns, and two toothpicks (each cut in half).

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Additional Supplies

Learners will also need:

  • Glue
  • Scissors

Technical Requirements

You will need a device (computer or tablet) that is equipped with a camera, microphone, and speakers. For more information, please check out our Technical Requirements page.

Meet the Instructor

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Kumi HerndonView Profile

Hi, my name is Kumi and I live with my family, a German Shepherd, and three cats in swampy areas of Florida.  I've been teaching a vast range of people here in the US for the last 28 years after moving from Japan.  I enjoy teaching Japanese, Origami, and sometimes Math.  This summer, I started gardening and am growing tomatoes, okras, green peppers, corn, and cucumbers. They aren't perfect looking veggies, but are surely delish!

Every time I fold Origami, it reminds me of my childhood memories of going to Origami workshops, making animals and flowers following the instructions on a newly purchased book, and folding a thousand cranes with my friends for someone's success.

Origami art is traditionally enjoyed by children in Japan, but in this modern age, it is a widely accepted art form that is enjoyed by people around the world.

Origami is not only fun but very educational to elementary to middle school-age children. Origami is especially beneficial to children's hand-to-eye coordination, spatial relationships, following directions, and geometric understanding. In today's digital world, I strongly believe children need to be exposed to more hands-on activities.

 

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Easy to follow instructions and no messes! The kids really enjoyed it. They did it at school on two different days. We partnered each learner with a student helper each time. All students had the chance to be a helper and to be a learner.

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Origami Ninja Stars and Ninja Star Spins from Japan