This craft stimulates mental development, and is a fun and enriching way too. Have you always wanted to learn making origami figures but just never found the time to do so? Make time. There are many benefits to learning origami, and you can reap these benefits when you learn the craft yourself. Why do you think Japanese schoolchildren are taught the art of paper folding while they’re very young? Develop new skills or enhance existing ones to boot!
Here are three reasons you may want to start learning making origami today.
1. It Develops and Improves Motor Skills
In patients who have had hand surgery or sustained grave hand injuries, folding paper can be great therapy. As they make their hands “exercise”, they will eventually find themselves regaining better control of their hands’ movements. At the same time, they are slowly strengthening their hand muscles and building their strength.
In young children, paper folding is a great way to develop motor skills. Moreover, it enhances hand-eye coordination in a way that develops imaginative and figurative thinking.
2. It Simplifies Mathematical Concepts
Math can be a pain to learn, especially for kids who just can’t be bothered to listen to discussions involving problem solving, sequencing, and geometry. But making origami shapes is an excellent way to teach mathematical concepts like symmetry, measurement, and fractions. It’s fun, it’s interesting, and it doesn’t feel like a class lecture at all!
3. It Develops Patience
Origami is not a craft for the impatient. Doing nothing but fold, fold, and fold paper can drive anyone who’s impatient mad. Toss in the repetitive steps and the continuous efforts that may be required to get a shape right and you have an activity that’s a true test of patience of anyone from 8 to 88. However, learning origami pays off. As you work on your paper, you will learn to be more patient.
These are only some of the benefits of making origami patterns. Why not reap these benefits by learning to fold paper today?