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.

HAWAII, the Aloha State

Fun Facts:

On August 21, 1959, Hawaii became the 50th state of the union. Admission Day or Statehood Day is a legal holiday in Hawaii and is celebrated on the third Friday in August to commemorate admission into the Union.

The Hawaiian flag was commissioned by Kamehameha the Great in 1816 while Hawaii was still a kingdom. The eight stripes represent the eight major Hawaiian islands (Hawaii, Maui, Molokai, Lanai, Kahoolawe, Oahu, Kauai and Niihau) and the Union Jack in the upper left corner symbolizes the kingdom's friendship with Britain.

  • Admission: 50th State (August 21, 1959)
  • Capital: Honolulu
  • Nickname: The Aloha State
  • Motto: Ua Mau Ke Ea O Ka 'Aina I Ka Pono (The life of the land is perpetuated in righteousness)
  • Song: Hawai'i Pono'i (written by King David Kalakaua)
  • Capital: Honolulu (on Oahu)
  • Geography: the Hawaiian Archipelago consists of 132 islands stretching over 1500 miles, and is one of the most remote places on Earth.
  • Population: 1.3 million
  • Demographics: Hawaii is known for its diversity. There are no ethnic majorities.

    Native Hawaiian3.6%
    African American1.6%
  • Flower: Ma'o hau hele (yellow Hawaiian hibiscus, or Hibiscus brackenridgei)
  • Bird: nene (Hawaiian goose)
  • Gemstone: black coral

"The USS Arizona is the final resting place for many of the ship's 1,177 crewmen who lost their lives on December 7, 1941..." read more
Color the USS Arizona Memorial:

  • Pacific Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
    Did you know that all the hatchlings in the nest of the Pacific green sea turtle are either male or female? The sex of the turtles is determined by the temperature of the nest. Cooler nests produce a clutch of males, while warmer nests produce females...read more

    Color a Baby Sea Turtle

Fun Stuff:

Count and Color Creatures of the Reef
Hawaii State Flag
Under the Sea with Baby Honu


Dollar Bill Folding: Aloha Shirt
Green Sea Turtle (Honu)
Hawaiian Butterfly (Pulelehua)

Hawaiian Limpet ('Opihi)

Hawaiian Owl (Pueo)
Humpback Whale

Hawaiian Owl and Turtle

Kamehameha the Great Crossword

Coloring and Activity Books for long trips

Hawaiian Books Your Child Might Like:

A is for Aloha
From the meaning of the word aloha to the plight of the state bird author U'ilani Goldsberry answers questions that most Malihinis have about this lush multi-island paradise.

Completes Sleeping Bear Press's acclaimed Discover America State by State series.

From Hawai'i with Aloha, Grandma and Grandpa
Did you know...

That Kilauea has spewed enough lava to fill more than a million Olympic-sized swimming pools? That a newborn humpack whale calf drinks one hundred gallons of milk a day? Or that twenty-seven Waimea Canyons stretched end to end can fit into the Grand Canyon? 

Children learn about the wonders of Hawai'i as they join Grandma and Grandpa on a trip through the Hawaiian Islands.

Baby Honu's Incredible Journey
Baby Honu has just hatched from his egg. Will he find the courage to face sand crabs and sea birds on his perilous journey to the sea? And what wondrous creatures will he encounter in the ocean?

A best-selling island classic, with a helpful glossary to educate children about Hawaiian marine life.
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