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.

Crafts: Paper Bag Puppets, Owl and Turtle

Paper bag puppets to keep you busy!

  1. Print and cut puppets (Owl or Green Sea Turtle) along solid lines. Color.
  2. Glue body onto paper bag as shown.
  3. Glue head onto paper bag bottom flap as shown. Your puppets are pau (finished)!
Pueo (Owl) is from the award-winning children's book
Lullaby Moon Lullaby Moon Written by Elaine Masters Illustrated by Tammy Yee Music by Malia Elliot Island Heritage Publishing ISBN: 0-89610-495-8
A dreamy adventure about Koa, a little Hawaiian boy who would rather play outside than fall asleep. Koa soon finds himself befriended by an owl, or Pueo, who takes him on a magical exploration of the island's wildlife. Under the watchful gaze of Lullaby Moon, Koa learns how bats, bees and green sea turtles spend their night. With boldly illustrated lift-a-flaps and a musical CD by Malia Elliot, of the popular performing and songwriting duo, Leon & Malia. More information...

Baby Honu is from the best-selling Hawaiian children's books: Baby Honu's Incredible JourneyBaby Honu's Incredible Journey Written and Illustrated by Tammy Yee Island Heritage Publishing ISBN: 0-89610-285-8
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? With a helpful glossary to educate children about Hawaiian marine life. More information...

Baby Honu Saves the DayBaby Honu Saves the Day Written and Illustrated by Tammy Yee Island Heritage Publishing ISBN: 0-89610-327-7
Baby Honu is a tiny green sea turtle who thinks he's too small to make a difference. But a beached baby dolphin inspires him to persuade a moray eel, a porcupinefish, a shark and even a humpback whale to help him in his quest. Follow the continuing adventures of Baby Honu as he teaches young children that even the smallest efforts can cascade into meaningful consequences. More information...

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