|Origami and Paper Crafts|
Someone, my parents or the neighbors, figured out that for a very small fee per family, they, the grown-ups, could have a block party and leave me in one of the nearby houses babysitting ALL of the children.
I had a blast! They paid me enough money to order my very own pizza, via delivery, and have a bit left over. I'd have done it just for the pizza! It was a breeze to entertain the kids - mostly.
After a while, some of the little ones got bored, and demanded more entertaining than I knew how to provide. That's when I first valued that incredible skill my father sat down and gave me one day when I had a vile cold and my mother couldn't stand to chase me with another tissue: Origami. Thanks Dad!
It's been fun making origami birds, nests, and eggs (a.k.a. origami paper balls or balloons) ever since. Teaching my children to make them was great fun! To this day, I find myself grabbing a bit of paper and making a paper toy to amuse a bored or sad child every so often. You'll be surprised how often it comes in handy to know how to make origami.
Each of these origami toys begins with a square piece of paper. Click here to see how to turn your rectangular page into a square.
The nest is is another easy origami toy to make. In a pinch, it doubles as a paperclip holder or a candy dish. Click here, or on the nest photo, to go to my page on how to make an origami birds nest.
This one is extremely cool, and will bring lots of smiles from the little tots AND the adults! When you pull on it's tail, its wings flap!