Origami is the art of paper folding, which is often associated with Japanese culture. In modern usage, the word “origami” is used as an inclusive term for all folding practices, regardless of their culture of origin.
Origami helps develop hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills and mental concentration. Use of the hands directly stimulates areas of the brain. The ancient art of paper folding has applications in the modern-day classroom for teaching geometry, thinking skills, fractions, problem solving, and fun science. Origami has been found to strengthen an understanding of geometric concepts, formulas, and labels, making them come alive. It has been shown to improve spatial visualization skills using hands-on learning. The concept of fractions is scary to lots of students. Folding paper can demonstrate the fractions in a tactile way.
The PYP students of Akal Academy, Baru Sahib were engaged with “Origami” where they created different shapes and designs using their paper folding techniques.