Thursday, October 28, 2010

October Origami: A Fun Treat That's Not Sweet

These fish were made from squares cut from magazine ads.

Anticipating that my girls and I would enjoy trying some simple origami, I checked out a video from the library to teach us some origami folds.  The pace was a bit much for my five-year-old, but my seven-year-old and a visiting friend were riveted.  So was I.

I thought that various origami fish we made this month would work well for two purposes:
  1. To fill a pinata at my daughter's party.
  2. To be our treats at an upcoming Trunk or Treat event at our church.
I prefer to avoid giving out candy to my children and to others.  Last year for Halloween, we handed out microwave popcorn.  In years past, we've passed out party favors and other non-candy items.

This year at the Trunk or Treat event, I am planning to add a coin and paper clip to each fish, so that kids can fish for their treats.  It will be a dry variation on the magnetic fishing game I made this summer.   Also, the coins inside the fish are a reminder of the story in Matthew 17.  A kid-friendly lesson is available here.
These simple fish were made from extra wrapping paper.

I'm linking this up to Try New Adventures Thursday at Alicia's Homemaking,
 Company Girl Coffee at Home Sanctuary,
  the Weekend Wrap-Up Party, and Craft Schooling Sunday.


Kara said...

These are cool! I really like the idea of doing a magnet fishing type of game with them, too.


secondofwett said...

Oh my that takes me back...eldest daughter used to love doing origami! How creative of you to do that for Halloween! thanks for stopping by!

Anonymous said...

I've always admired origami. Maybe I could learn, too, if I could run the video reeeeeeal slooooow....

Alicia said...

So fun! I learned how to do origami once (just the traditional shape) but now I've forgotten. Sounds like you had fun doing this together. :)

Thanks for linking up, Julia.


One More Equals Four said...

What a great idea! The kids will love a matter of fact, the parents will love it!

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful treat to give out. The fishing idea is great too. I love doing the origami cranes when we read Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes in 4th grade. And we did make it to 1000! =)

No tips for T or T. It is our first year doing it, and we decided last minute to join in. Our theme is "bedtime" so we are making our trunk into a bed with stars hanging down. Stuffed animals and bedtime books if kids want a story read to them. I really hoping it will stay dry for this!!! Can't wait to hear how yours turn out.

Anonymous said...

origami is so wonderful, I'm still waiting for my kids to get just a bit older so they can follow the instructions themselves! Thanks so very much for sharing on Craft Schooling Sunday!

Megan said...

I love this as an alternative to candy or cheap trinkets that just end up in the trash! Thanks for the inspiration!