Easy Butterfly Origami

My new book, Easy Butterfly Origami features 30 bold full-color patterns designed to accurately portray the dorsal and ventral sides of some of the most beautiful butterflies from around the world!

Origami Folding Tips

Origami, from the Japanese ori (to fold) and kami (paper), began in the 6th century when Buddhist monks introduced paper to Japan. The print-and-fold crafts and easy diagrams are designed to help children with fine motor skills, directions and hand eye coordination. Some basic origami folding tips:
  • Print and cut out patterns carefully.
  • Fold with clean, dry hands.
  • Follow the instructions. Study the diagrams and be patient.
  • Be precise: fold each crease well, flattening the creases by running your fingertip over the fold.
  • Folding the paper away from you is easier than folding towards you.
  • Be creative...use your origami on greeting cards, holiday decorations, table place cards and bookmarks.

Chinese Lion Paper Bag Puppet

Kung Hee Fat Choy is the Chinese greeting for the New Year. Cut and past a festive Chinese Lion paper bag puppet to celebrate the new year!

Find objects in this illustration beginning with the letter "C." From the children's book, Island Style Alphabet, written and illustrated by Tammy Yee.




1. Print and cut Chinese Lion puppet along solid lines. Color.

2. Lift "flap" of paper bag and glue mouth as shown.

3. Glue Chinese Lion head onto top of closed flap as shown. If you slip your hand into the paper bag, you should be able to open and close your puppet's mouth.

Happy New Year!
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