This is one of the simplest unit-origami. We call it “Kusudama” which means the ball for celebration. I found origami papers with Christmas pattern in the local shop, and thought I can make Christmas decorations with this. This kusudama needs 12 origami, but there are many different versions. I’m going to practice this type of kusudama, then try slightly more different ones later.
I bought this too. I’m looking forward to making bread with this. My friend told me that the Mill Green Loaves are sold in the local bakery. I like the idea of local people supporting this small local mill.
This week, we tried making slime for the first time. The recipe is from children’s craft magazine. I realised there are many lovely websites showing how to make slime, so I don’t compete with them but here is just a report from our creative day.
My 4years old daughter collected lots of pine cones when we visited a park in London. So we decided to decorate them with acrylic painting. Some of them might be the ornaments on our Christmas tree in this winter..
I had some opportunities to run crafts workshop at Edith Kerrison Nursery School in London.
At Origami workshop for parents, I chose 2 simple and easy origami and 1 slightly difficult one. I had only half an hour and there were around 8-10 parents in the room. Making dog and cat is very simple, but very cute. Some parents haven’t done any origami before, so I need to explain how to fold paper very slowly. After we made them and snack packet, the parents tried to make balloon. They were so impressed by the technique to make 3D shape from 2D paper. I was so glad people enjoyed my workshop.
Last year, I run workshop to make ornaments for Japanese star festival (7th of July), but this time I did orizome gami workshop. I couldn’t take photos of nursery children while doing activity, but you can see their work!
I used Japanese calligraphy paper (han-shi) and British ink. The method is just folding paper into small, dipping the each corners in the different colours, then gently opening it. The children enjoyed beautiful colours mixed together. Simple but exciting activity for 3-4 years olds.
18 children have participated, Emily the class teacher divided the children into 3 groups. It was lovely time for me too.