I have boys. Three of them. So, needless to say, there is a lot of fighting, wrestling, attacking and things being blown up around here. 😉
When this book arrived from Dover Publications my eight year old was ecstatic! He couldn’t wait to fold the night away so that he could have his own fleet of tanks, copters, missiles and jets. Naturally my son gravitated to the most complex projects like the Vanguard Transformer. This thing actually transforms from a man to a jet! A paper origami man into a paper origami jet! Sorry for the enthusiasm but even I found that pretty cool. 🙂
I do have a confession to make: I am horrible at origami. I can’t even successfully follow IKEA instructions. I know, I know. *Sigh.* So my five year old, eight year old and thirty something husband tackled the first and supposedly easiest project in the book….the Rapier Missile. For many hours they folded, and re folded, and folded again. It was an excellent cognitive skill builder. Unfortunately they still have not successfully assembled the cool Rapier Missile.
We used just regular printer paper cut down to the size recommended and I believe actual origami paper would help in the success of building theses masterpieces. Origami paper is now on our “to buy” list.
The book is seriously cool and a must have if you have anyone with a love of military in your family. It would also make a neat gift if you searching for something unique. 😉 I would recommend it for older children as my eight year old still needed quite a bit of help from his dad. It’s pretty intense and geared toward more advanced origami artists, but it is always fun to have a challenge. 🙂 The steps are easy to follow with diagrams and the finished products can be spray painted to become water proof. Pretty neat! Check it out here.
Any master folders out there? What have you created out of origami lately?