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My First Origami Kit

by Joel Stern

Published:
2013 by Tuttle Publishing
Pages:
48
Binding:
Boxed paperback and paper
Language:
English
ISBN-13:
9784805312445
ISBN-10:
4805312440

Buy from: Amazon.com
Buy from: Amazon.jp

Skill Level Simple
Clear diagrams? Yes - photo-diagrams
Tinted diagrams (to show 2 sides of paper)? Yes
Photos of completed models? Yes
Is there indication to the model size resulting from size of starting paper? No
Are the models "Pure" origami (From a single square - no cuts)? Most are

Overall Impression

This is a great introductory kit to origami - the box comes with a little booklet containing 20 simple models. Some are traditional designs, and some designed by the author or by contributors. The selected models allow slight errors, thus making them great for very young hands. The diagrams use photographs with standard origami notations drawn over them which puts them somewhere between video and drawn diagrams. Each model is accompanied by an attractive photo of the finished design.

Also in the box are 2 large sheets with stickers of all kinds of eyes, mouths etc., tailor-made for the book's models. While I'm not a huge fan of decorating finished models, these will most likely find a crowd, and the models can easily stand on their own even with no outside help.

Lastly, the box comes with a pack of 60 sheets of special paper. Printed on both sides with a variety of animal patterns and other designs, this paper is much better than the kind you usually see in kits like this.

My daughter is now 2. This box will wait for another year or two, and I'm sure she'll love it.

There are 20 Origami Designs in My First Origami Kit:

Design Designer Page Details Photo

Show only designs with photos
Penguin

Birds - Sphenisciformes - Penguins

Traditional4Square

Also in Beginning Origami by Vicente Palacios
Also in Creased Magazine 8
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Origami Penguin by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Fox

Mammals - Canidae - Dog Family

Traditional6Square

Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Origami Fox by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Turtle

Reptiles - Turtles

Traditional8SquareOrigami Turtle by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Cobra

Reptiles - Snakes

Joel Stern10SquareOrigami Cobra by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Flying tiger

Toys - Planes

Michael Sanders12SquareOrigami Flying tiger by Michael Sanders on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Duck

Birds - Anseriformes - Ducks and Geese

Laura L. Kruskal14SquareOrigami Duck by Laura L. Kruskal on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Sailboat

Vehicles - Boats

Traditional16Square

Also in 10-Fold Origami by Peter Engel
Also in Easy Origami by John Montroll
Also in MFPP 1995 Convention
Also in Origami - Magic Square by Sergei Afonkin
Also in Origami - The Complete Guide to the Art of Paperfolding by Rick Beech
Also in Origami A-B-C by David Petty
and in other sources...
Origami Sailboat by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Mouse

Mammals - Rodentia - Rats, Mice and Rodents

Joel Stern18Square

Inspired by Kunihiko Kasahara
Origami Mouse by Joel Stern Folded from a square of the paper that came with the book by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Butterfly

Insects - Butterflies

Akira Yoshizawa20Square

Also in ORU Magazine 12
Also in Akira Yoshizawa - Japan's Greatest Origami Master by Akira Yoshizawa
Also in Akira Yoshizawa Origami - Exhibition Catalog by Akira Yoshizawa
Also in Classic Origami by Paul Jackson
Also in Der Falter 6
Also in Fun with Origami Paper Folding - Vol. 2 by Akira Yoshizawa
Also in Hands-On Origami by Raul Rosado
and in other sources...
Origami Butterfly by Akira Yoshizawa folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Waterbomb

Toys

Traditional22Square

Also in Fun Origami World by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Japan's Creative Origami by Kawai Toyoaki
Also in NOA Magazine 278
Also in Origami de Christmas
Also in Origami in English by Makoto Yamaguchi
Also in Origami Text in 4 Languages
Also in Quick and Easy Origami Christmas by Toshie Takahama
and in other sources...
Origami Waterbomb by Traditional folded by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Bunny - inflatable

Mammals - Lagomorpha - Rabbits and Bunnies

Traditional24Square

Also in Creased Magazine 5
Also in Origami USA Convention 1982
Also in Origami in Action by Robert J. Lang
Also in Creative Life with Creative Origami 2 by Toshie Takahama
Also in NOA Magazine 207
Also in Orison 5/02
and in other sources...
Origami Bunny - inflatable by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Dinosaur

Dinosaurs

Joel Stern26SquareOrigami Dinosaur by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Pig

Mammals - Suidae - Pigs and Boars

Joel Stern29SquareOrigami Pig by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Sea lion

Mammals - Pinnipedia - Seals and Sea Lions

Joel Stern32SquareOrigami Sea lion by Joel Stern Folded from a square of Thai Unryu paper by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Sheep

Mammals - Bovidae - Sheep, Goats and Bovides

Joel Stern34SquareOrigami Sheep by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Cat

Mammals - Felidae - Cats

Joel Stern36SquareOrigami Cat by Joel Stern Folded from a square of the paper that came with the book by Gilad Aharoni on giladorigami.com
Cootie catcher

Toys - Action Models

Traditional38Square

Also in Creating Origami by J.C. Nolan
Also in Der Falter 3
Also in Der Falter 27
Also in Origami 1 by Robert Harbin
Also in Origami in Action by Robert J. Lang
Also in Complete Origami by Eric Kenneway
and in other sources...
Origami Cootie catcher by Traditional on giladorigami.com
Folded by JC Nolan
Pterodactyl

Toys - Action Models

Joel Stern40SquareOrigami Pterodactyl by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Bear

Mammals - Ursidae - Bears

Joel Stern42Square
3 units
Origami Bear by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern
Elephant

Mammals - Elephantidae - Elephants

Joel Stern45Square
2 units
Origami Elephant by Joel Stern on giladorigami.com
Folded by Joel Stern