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.