Published On: Sat, Dec 6th, 2014

Hats and Boats

Origami is a fabulous activity for kids as it encourages fine motor development and is great for creativity. I have shown below the most basic paper folding I know, making hats and/or boats. I would suggest newspaper for making hats so that they actually fit on the head. If using smaller paper the hats are only suitable for toys or pets. Either way it’s a good bit of fun, and my 6 year old hasn’t stopped making them since.

My kids had a good hour of fun with these, but if you find it getting old quickly, then decorate the hats, turn it into a pirate role play game, or float them in a puddle and race boats. Recommend if using as boats to find thicker paper as newspaper probably won’t last long.

Use a rectangular piece of paper, not square

Use a rectangular piece of paper, not square

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Fold in half leaving the fold at the top

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Fold one of the top corners into the centre

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Fold the other top corner to the centre

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Fold one side of the bottom strip upwards

Flip over and fold the other bottom strip upwards

Flip over and fold the other bottom strip upwards

Voila!

Voila! A paper hat to spark your child’s imaginative play

 

 

 

 

 

 

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