Alex is obsessed with origami these days. She likes to make the same thing over and over: a fleet of dozens of swans, for instance, in rainbow-colored families. (She cuts a piece of origami paper in quarters to make the babies.)
Her favorites are mostly the easy things she knows by heart, but check out this kangaroo:
(Actually, she informs me that she’s memorized the instructions for that one as well.)
She’s also started inventing her own designs. I don’t know – this may be something that most origami-loving kids do, but although I developed a fair amount of folding skill as a teenager, I would have been lost without instructions. It never occurred to me to try. Her solo designs aren’t anything spectacular, but they really are original combinations of folds – not just modifications of designs in our books. This one, which stands up by itself, she calls “chapel”:
This is a visuospatial kid, for sure. In ways I never was. She wants “an engineering kit” for Christmas – any ideas?