Introduction to Origami


Origami is the craft (or art) of folding paper into shapes and sculptures. The word derives from the Japanese word 'oru' which means "to fold", and 'kami' which means "paper".


Mathematics need to be made more visual for some learners and here are some advantages of using origami in the Mathematics classroom.

  • Origami adds physical involvement to the learning process.
  • Mathematical learning is enhanced through active involvement.
  • Paper folding activities can lead to lively discussions among learners.
  • Learners that have a concrete learning preference get the opportunity to see and feel while they learn.
  • Hands-on activities assist learners to build their own mathematical concepts.
  • Origami is a useful tool for teaching and assessment.

Here are some Origami puzzles:
Origami Area Puzzles
Origami Checkerboard Puzzles

and figures to fold:
Barking Dog

More about using Origami in the Mathematics Classroom can be found on the Paper Folding web site at:
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