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Japan | Origami

Kon'nichiwa Origami is a traditional Japanese pastime where a single square of paper is folded in different ways to create shapes like cute animals and beautiful plants. Since it only takes a sheet of paper, the hobby can easily be enjoyed anywhere; many people in Japan enjoy it at home and at school. The best known origami shape, which many children learn from their parents or grandparents, is the crane. Other shapes include flowers, butterflies, crabs, and even difficult creations like Christmas trees. Origami is especially popular among girls. 1. Choose a piece of paper. Then follow the instructions to fold a paper crane or any other origami shape that you like. You can visit this website to see step by step instructions: https://www.origamiway.com/origami-crane.shtml. 2. After you're done folding, take a photo of your paper crane. 3. Use the mic to share one fact that you've learned about Japanese culture. 4. Tap the check to add your photo to your journal.

3rd Grade, 5th Grade, 4th Grade, Social Studies, History
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Japanese origami began during the 6th century. Buddhist monks carried paper to Japan and the first origami was used for religious ceremonial purposes only, due to the high price of paper. As paper became more affordable, people began to create origami for art and decoration. One of the most famous origami designs is the crane. After World War II, the origami crane became a symbol for peace.