Recently, a stumbled across an article on the Times-Standard website talking about how origami is the perfect inter-generational activity. I agree completely. For me, the interesting thing about origami is how many different "levels" there are to the hobby. You can teach a child how to make a paper toys like an origami jumping frog or have an adult learn how to make pretty and practical origami gift boxes. For very experienced origami enthusiasts, there are models with over 100 steps that require several hours of folding time.
I love to teach my eight-year-old son and his friends how to make simple origami models. They were thrilled to learn how to fold an origami ghost for Halloween and several of them asked where they could go to find directions for more projects. As any parent knows, it's rare to find an activity that both children and adults can enjoy equally. (I know I've spent far too many hours pretending not to be bored out of my mind racing Hot Wheels around a plastic track!)
My challenge for you this month is to make an effort to introduce someone new to the world of origami. It doesn't matter if it's your own child, the teenager who delivers your newspaper, or an elderly relative looking for a way to keep his or her mind sharp. Origami is fun to enjoy on your own, but it's much more rewarding to use your passion for paper folding to connect with the people around you.
Photo courtesy of Dana Hinders.