A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
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.
Ease of Play
Super easy to use; only missing "unfold" lines.
Products & Purchases
The app is ad-supported; on iOS devices a $1.99 in-app purchase will remove ads.
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.
Is It Any Good?
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.
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