Doing origami stimulates multiple areas of students' brains. They must draw on mathematical understandings, use spacial reasoning, activate memory functions and utilise their linguistic capacities.
After completing an origami figure, students should classify these objects according to their social and natural science characteristics. This classification becomes part of the decoration.
After completing the classification, students are free to decorate their figure however they want and, most importantly, PLAY with their creation. The figures can even be used to create plays, theatres or even a themed exhibit as part of a transversal project.
The Fortune Teller is a classic origami figure which children use as a toy to play with and can even serve the teacher as an instrument for evaluation. Actually, it is the first origami figure that I started using in my Science and Arts classes. It is with this figure that I realized the power and potential that origami activities possess and from which MrOrigamichael is born. Students develop fine motor skills, use communicative capacities as well as mathematical and spacial reasoning capacities to create their origami figure. They must confront frustration and failure, as part of the learning process. Students develop perseverance while trying to complete some of the more complicated folds. Once the figure has been created, children are free to use their imagination and creativity to decorate and add an artistic as well as functional aspect to their creation. For more in-depth analisis about these educational benefits read the Why Origami? section of the webpage.
Here I would like to observe this figure through the lense of Howard Gardner's múltiple intelligences:
- Finger dexterity
- Holding and folding
- Coloring and writing in small areas
- Horizontal, vertical and diagonal
- Geometric Figures
- Descriptions and definitions
- Speaking (while playing)
- Listening (while playing and creating the figure)
- Primary colors
- Secondary colors
- Grapchic representation
- Playing with others
- Frustration tolerance
- Social and Natural Science content