(and brief blog break 'til Sunday, Dec. 26-- Gomen Nasai! No Field Notes this week...:-((
Three fun origami for Christmas, from *very* simple (= kindergarten ok) to medium easy (first grade and up, or older kindergartner with some help).
First, the easiest one: Christmas Candy Cane! Cici is using a 5cm x 5cm sheet, but you can use any size, or cut a larger size sheet into fourths, or use a big piece to hang on the tree. Fold not quite all the way to the top (leave some white showing), turn over, and roll up! Like this:
See? Easy! The next easiest one is the candle--lower elementary age kids would have no problem making this, and 5 to 6-year-olds still in kindergarten should be able to do this, too. A four-year-old might need a little (more if they haven't done much origami, less if they do a lot of it). My daughter is using gold foil origami paper (just because it looks pretty for the flame--making several using red, orange, yellow would look good, too). Cici's paper is a fourth of a 15 x 15 cm sheet (thus 7.5 x 7.5 cm). First fold a triangle, then in half again and unfold for your guide folds. Like this:
Easy, desho! The Christmas Tree is a little harder--it involves the "open out and smush (hiraete, tsubusu)" move, which my daughter found a little challenging because it's in a small place at the bottom of the tree (regular open-and-smush she can do). Make the basic ice cream first...
(Thanks to my husband for the camera work above:-))
Here's a tree I folded with the Origami Star (7.5 x 7.5 sheet) stuck on top and little candy canes (as above) and paper punch shapes glued on:
So what did you do for the Winter Solstice? Here it's called Tooji, and you're supposed to eat kabocha (pumpkin--didn't get to that this year) and have a Yuzu (Citron) Bath, which we did. Smells nice--very relaxing and warming:-))
...our lovely (not) bathtub (it is nice and deep, though)
...above are some of the Yuzu (citron) I put in (yup--just like that), along with a Yuzu bath bomb that dissolves in the hot water (40deg C) and, at right, a Yuzu herb packet (like a teabag that you put in the water). That bathtub smells so good.... You can see the happy family all in the bath together at the bottom of the package--which is probably unimaginable for most Americans (possibly Europeans, too, for that matter). If you've seen My Neighbor Totoro, you'll see the two girls in the tub with their father. Which is *completely* normal.
Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.
Yoi O-Toshi O! Me-ri Kurisumasu!