Thursday, April 19, 2012

Origami and Poetry for Kids

While out browsing for books, I came across an unfamiliar one, Fold Me a Poem, by Kristine O'Connell George.  It's a book full of short poems (many with a Haiku feel) that follow a young boy through his day as he is making origami creations.  The illustrations are lovely and inspiring.  I knew it would be perfect for our April book basket, which I filled with poetry and rhyming books for National Poetry Month.


It also opened up an excellent opportunity to try origami.  I can't actually do origami myself, but I decided we would try it anyway.  I just googled "origami for kids" and used that website to let Elliott pick what he wanted to make.

Elliott chose to make Bailey, our dog.  He had to settle for black paper, even though she's a chocolate lab.  I read the directions, but he did the folding.  This was his attempt at the dog head and the dog body--all but his tail turned out fairly decent.  He added eyes, but hadn't yet drawn the rest of the dog face when I took the picture, although he did think to add her orange collar.


This was a fun activity and we'll probably try it again soon.


Linked Up:  stART, Kid's Co-Op and Playdate, Read Aloud Thursday, Thinky Linky Thursday, Homeschooling on the Cheap, Read.Explore.Learn

11 comments:

  1. This is great! This is the second positive review I've read of this poem. We've been enjoying poetry this National Poetry Month, too!

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  2. I just found you via the Kid's Co-op Linky. I LOVE your tag line. This will be a fun book to go along with our Five In A Row studies. Thanks for sharing.

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  3. We read this book recently and also really enjoyed it.

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  4. His dog turned out great! I love the addition of the eyes and collar! I'll have to check this book out - it sounds lovely! Thanks for sharing on The Weekly Kid's Co-op!
    Gina @famiglia&seoul

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  5. What a great craft/learning experience and it turned out so cute! Definitely going to be looking for that book!

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  6. Thank you for linking up to Homeschooling on the Cheap!! I really appreciate it. I will be giving your post a shout out on Facebook some time today! Stop over!

    Have a super weekend! Kelli
    http://3boysandadog.com/deals/2012/homeschooling-on-the-cheap-04192012/

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  7. This sounds like a wonderful book! I love the oragami activity!

    Thank you for linking to Read.Explore.Learn.

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  8. Looks like fun! We haven't done a lot of poetry, but My kids love anything "crafty" so I think we'll look for this one!

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  9. Awesome! Origami always looks like so much fun, but I tend to stay away from it with preschoolers because I'm afraid it will be too hard. Maybe I should give it a try. Thanks for linking up to Thinky Linky Thursday!
    Lori @ Cachey Mama’s Classroom

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  10. Great idea! We've been reading more poetry lately and this would be a fun book to use! Thanks for linking up to the Kids Co-op!

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