How to Make Origami

Common Sense Media says

Colorful, mostly clear, classic origami fun.

Age(i)

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Quality(i)

 

Learning(i)

What parents need to know

Ease of play

Super easy to use; only missing "unfold" lines.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism

The app is ad-supported; on iOS devices a $1.99 in-app purchase will remove ads.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety

Users are not required to registered, but there's no privacy policy in the app or on the developer's website to explain what, if any, data is collected.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that How to Make Origami is well-designed, easy to follow, and colorful (read fun). There are no concerns with the content, but some projects will be challenging for beginners. Parents may want to try out projects first for younger kids.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • effort
  • initiative

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • developing resilience
  • moving beyond obstacles

Health & Fitness

  • meditation
  • fine motor skills

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Bright colors, fun projects, and simple design all combine for an engaging app. 

Learning Approach

Folding dynamics add quite a bit to traditional instructions, but omission of "unfold" lines is a problem. 

Support

There's no introduction, and it would be nice to see a bit about the history or general principles of origami.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Math

  • geometry
  • patterns
  • sequences
  • shapes

Hobbies

  • building

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • logic
  • part-whole relationships
  • applying information
  • decision-making

Self-Direction

  • achieving goals
  • effort
  • initiative

Emotional Development

  • persevering
  • developing resilience
  • moving beyond obstacles

Health & Fitness

  • meditation
  • fine motor skills

Kids can learn shapes, patterns, and sequences playing with origami projects. Most involve symmetry, and the occasional asymmetry offers a fascinating alternative. The addition of "unfold" lines used to mark future folds would boost success. How to Make Origami gives kids a dynamic way to learn paper folding independently.

This Learning Rating review was written by Leslie Crenna

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What's it about?

The main menu shows a list of projects by name with number of steps; the iOS version also indicates the level of difficulty. Kids can tap forward, back, or replay buttons at any time. Like real origami paper, the back side of the paper is white to clarify sides. The "Get More Origami" button on the main page of the Android app redirects to SetHow.com with more how-to projects in addition to origami.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

How to Make Origami is an appealing way to get everyone involved in the ancient and now modern art of paper folding. Each step is described with words (some more important than others) and a dynamic demonstration of the folds required -- a big improvement over the classic diagrams that use arrows to show folds. Though challenging, the lily with 33 steps is doable.

Projects are not ordered by level of difficulty, and the number of steps does not guarantee an easy project; even the penguin with 11 steps has complicated directions to fold, then unfold, then fold a different direction on the fold line. If the app showed these kind of fold lines, ones used to mark future folds (which are generally included in origami instructions), it would be really top notch. At times, instructions like "fold in half" could use a bit more detail, but this is typical. Despite these challenges, this is a great app for the whole family.

Families can talk about...

  • Test out projects for younger kids ahead of time.

  • Provide a variety of paper available at most craft stores.

  • Research modern paper-folding masters.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, Android, Apps for Windows, Windows Phone
Price:Free
Pricing structure:Free
Subscription price:iOS version allows in-app purchase of $1.99 to remove ads
Release date:June 21, 2013
Category:Education
Size:28.00 MB
Publisher:Mobilicos
Version:Android 1.0.6; iOS 1.0.22
Minimum software requirements:Android 1.6 and up; iOS 4.3 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
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  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
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  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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