For centuries, the ancient Japanese folk art of paperfolding -- origami -- has helped teach patience, accuracy and concentration. It remains a rewarding and fascinating hobby for young and old alike. This easy-to-follow introduction offers origami enthusiasts 17 different projects -- all pre-tested and graded according to difficulty. Simple instructions, over 100 clearly drawn diagrams, and a supply of authentic origami paper (24 sheets, each 7" x 7," in 12 different colors) help beginners master such simple shapes as a sail boat, jet plane, and paper cup. Intermediate-level paperfolders may find the bird, whale, fish, and penguin more appropriate for their skills, while veteran origamists can enjoy the challenge of creating a seal, butterfly, flapping hand, and other figures. Ideal as party favors, holiday decorations, or intriguing conversation pieces, these colorful three-dimensional objects can be created at home and in classrooms, or used as an activity in camping programs and other social and recreational settings. All projects are carefully explained, with every fold neatly diagrammed in a clearly written instruction booklet by origami expert Harry C. Helfman.
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