Origami Jumping Frog

These frogs are a fun craft.  They really do jump!  They are easy enough for kids, just don't try it with a big group unless they are experienced with origami.  Some children might need help with the last few folds and the paper is thick at that point and can be hard to crease.

 

You will need:

1.  A large square of paper*.  Ours was 11 1/2 x 11 1/2, but you can use any sized square.  A square smaller than 6 x 6 will be trickier to fold.

 

*Origami paper is the easiest to work with.   Other papers will work, but avoid heavy paper such as cardstock.

 

A jumping paper frog
The paper folded in half 1.  Fold the paper in half and crease it firmly. 
Second fold  2.  Fold the upper right corner down until it touches the side of the rectangle.  Crease and open the fold back up.
The third fold

3.  Repeat with the other corner.  When you open the fold back up, the creases should form an X shape like this...

Together they form an X

 Fold the top over to make the jumping frog

4.  Fold the top of the paper down to the middle of the X.  Crease it and open it back up.  It will look like this...

Open the fold up again

 Pinch the fold and collapse to make the jumping frog

5.  Look at the  horizontal crease you just made.  Pinch the sides together and fold up and in until the sides meet.

Making and oragami fold

Now push the top down flat and crease it.  It will look like this...

Making a jumping frog with oragami

 Fold up the bottom to make the jumping frog 6.  Take the bottom of the paper and fold it up to the bottom of the triangle.  Crease it and leave it folded.
 Fold of the corners to make the frog's feet 7.  Take the bottom corners of the triangle and fold them up to form the frog's front feet.
 Fodl in the sides  8.  Take the side of the paper.  Fold it into the middle.  You may have to lift up slightly on the feet to get a good crease.
 Making and oragami jumping frog  9.  Repeat with the other side.
Folding up the bottom 10.  Take the bottom of the paper and fold it up.  Crease it firmly.  The paper is getting quite thick by now, so don't be afraid to puxh down hard to get a good crease.
Forming the back feet of the jumping frog  11.  Do you see how you have a rectangle shape at the bottom of the paper?  Tanke the upper corners and fold them straight down.  Crease them.
Make a giant jumping frog with oragami

12.  This step looks a bit hard, but don't worry.  Gentle open the crease you just made.  Do you see how there is a solid rectangle in front and a square behind it?  Take the top left corner of that square (the one towards the center of the frog) and fold it out.  It should make the triangle shape that sticks out past the side of the frog, as you see on the left.  Repeat with the other side.

The bottom of the jumping frog when it is almost finished

Fold down the back feet 13.  To form the back legs, fold the triangle that sticks out down.   Just take the top edge and bring it down untill it meets the diagonal crease.
Pleat so you can make your frog jump  14.  To form the pleat that will make your frog jump:  Ignore the legs for a moment.  Take the bottom edge of the paper and fold it up.  The fold should go in between the front and the back legs.  Crease firmly.  Press down hard!
The last fold of the giant jumping frog  15.  Now take the top edge of the paper and fold it back into a pleat.  Crease firmly.  Allow the pleat to open.
The finished frog 16.  Turn your frog over.  It is finished!  To get the frog to jump push down with your finger on the top of the pleat.  Let go quickly and the frog will hop.  Practice until you can get the frog to take a large bound.

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper.  Traditionally, no glue or tape is used to hold the paper in place.  Origami takes practice, but once you have mastered the basic folds and become used to handling paper you can make hundreds of beautiful objects:  birds, flowers, boxes, decorative shapes etc. 

Perhaps the most famous origami shape is the crane which has become a symbol of  hope and peace to many people.  As the story goes, a young schoolgirl, suffering from cancer after she was exposed to radiation from the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima, began to make a thousand cranes hoping for world peace.  In some versions of the story she dies before she completes the cranes and in others she does complete them all.   The story became well known and many people fold cranes in honor of the little girl and continue to hope that someday her wish will come true and there will be world peace.

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