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Origami Activities For Kids
The Crane represents the most popular Japanese contribution to origami. It embodies elegant lines, perfect composition, and requires the folder to achieve a certain degree of skill to produce an acceptable model.
The crane has always been an important figure in Chinese, Korean, and Japanese art for many reasons, perhaps the main reason being that
they are beautiful birds with long legs, an elegant neck, a slender beak, and large, powerful wings. The crane is a symbol of peace and represents
an ideal of quiet strength and beauty, fidelity and faithfulness, and patience. It is considered good luck to see a crane because they often travel great distances and could be gone for a long time.
There is an Asian legend that the crane lives for one thousand years. Since the Japanese developed the folding design for the traditional paper crane, the legend has been extended to bestow luck and good fortune on anyone who folds one thousand cranes. Certainly, when times were difficult, anyone with the luxury of enough time to fold one thousand cranes was indeed blessed.

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  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 1
    Step 1

    Crease in half along the diagonals and the sides.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 2
    Step 2

    Bring the three corners to meet the bottom corner.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 3
    Step 3

    In progress...

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 4
    Step 4

    Crease by folding the sides to the center and unfolding.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 5
    Step 5

    Pull the corner up, allowing the sides to meet at the center.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 6
    Step 6

    Turn over.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 7
    Step 7

    Crease the top section.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 8
    Step 8

    Pull the corner up as in step 5.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 9
    Step 9

    Fold the sides to the center and repeat behind.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 10
    Step 10

    Inside-reverse fold the flap upwards.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 11
    Step 11

    Inside-reverse fold the other flap.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 12
    Step 12

    Inside-reverse fold the tip of the flap down.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 13
    Step 13

    Pull the wings apart.

  • How to fold an origami crane. Origami Crane - Step 14
    Step 14

    Completed Crane. You can blow in the bottom hole to give it more volume.

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