Make origami animals with your students with printable step-by-step instructions plus a 2D shapes worksheet for your math lesson planning.
Easy Origami Animals Step-By-Step Instructions
Bring the fun of origami animals into your lesson planning for math class with a fun teacher-created activity about 2D shapes. This elementary teaching resource includes step-by-step instructions for you, the teacher, to show your students how to make an origami pig, origami dog, and origami koala bear. The easy-to-follow instruction sheets can also be printed out and handed out to your students to follow along individually as they fold the faces of each of the three animals.
But folding paper to create three-dimensional objects is just the start of this fun activity! Next, it’s time to dive into some important concepts of geometry.
There are also three worksheets included in this resource download — one for each of the three animals — with space provided on each for students to describe the geometric shapes they spotted while creating their creatures. Students will then list the different 2-D shapes they can identify in the faces of their new paper pets including squares, rectangles, and triangles.
Teach Starter Teacher Tip: Encourage students to unfold their origami animals to see if they can identify more shapes than just those they can see on the animal faces.
How to Make Origami Animals
We’ve made this activity simple, so all you will need for this activity is a copy of our printable instructions and worksheet plus the origami paper for students to create their own animals.
Click the dropdown arrow beside the download button above to choose between a PDF version of the instructions or the printable PDF of each of the three worksheets.
Need more animals for our classroom? Try these origami tutorials for kids!