didaks2014_(37)So what are “didactics”, you ask? It’s the theory and practical application of teaching and learning. Like all members of our team, most people fold for recreational purposes, but we also believe that paper folding can have an important place in education, as well as research, health and other areas. Our group aims to promote this wider use of folding, as well as studying the documentation and history of the art.

The aim of this site is to draw together information from the different folding didactic groups around the world and to provide a place to share resources. Please use our forum if you wish to discuss anything (you need to register first).

Pages from a specific country will be in their language, but you can easily choose your own language from the translation option on the right. Please let us know if your group would like to be added to this site and happy folding!

Folding Didactics

The 1000 faces of Zhen Xian Bao – 28 December 2016

The second day of the Zhen Xian Bao conference in Rotterdam. Main subjects: China travel experience, Zhen Xian Bao variations, concepts and embroidery. Renée Brilleman presented her travel experience in Guizhou and the local paper making factory, Paula Versnick presented her non glued alternative to Zhen Xian Bao. Joan Sallas explained about the Chinese folding history in relation to Zhen Xian Bao.

Ien Rappoldt talked about forgotten stitches and wearable folds in the minorities costumes from southwest China. An exhibition about North and South Chinese Zhen Xian Bao, Chinese Froebelian books and embroidery. Alongside this were the practice workshops and the theory conferences. Dennis Boom from Rijnmond Radio, Rotterdam interviewed Marieke de Hoop.

The 1000 faces of Zhen Xian Bao – 27 December 2016

The first day of the Zhen Xian Bao conference in Rotterdam. Main subjects: paper & paper making. Marieke de Hoop taught about the qualities of paper required to fold the Zhen Xian Bao and Ien Rappoldt taught about how the South Chinese ethnic national groups Miao & Dong make paper to fold the Zhen Xian Bao. A lot of concepts to learn and a lot of of ideas to develop!

Joan Sallas

Second Course on the History of Origami at Origamiteca

Laura Rozenberg’s First Class: November 4th, Buenos, Aires, Argentina

APLEC on the media

Joan on the radio 😉


The full interview is here

The TV show “Als morning” is here http://www.ccma.cat/tv3/alacarta/programa/els-matins-20102016/video/5626743

The interview with Joan (where we see Marieke and Michel) is from 3h34 to 3h41.

Thanks to Michel for the links.

Origami in the Food Chain

or, Integrating Origami in Lesson planning

Our children love origami, and as school librarian in South Africa, I foster that love wherever possible. In addition to our afternoon Origami Club, with the help of my colleagues, I integrate origami into regular lessons.

Recently our grade 4s have been studying the topic of Food Chains in Science. I arranged for the classes to visit the library and use our resources to find answers to a number of questions. The children worked in groups of 3 or 4 at different stations, and one of the stations included instructions for making the face of either an origami cat or dog. (The children were free to choose.)

As I would not be able to supervise the origami station closely, needing to be available to assist any children with difficulties, I set up a board with each step represented by the paper folded to that point, glued in place, but with the section needing to be folded loose, so the children could manipulate the paper.

The children were supplied with paper of the same size as that used on the board, so that they could compare their work with the examples. I left the boards up in the library after the class sessions, and they have proved so popular with other library visitors, that I have created a permanent origami maker space with instructions and recycled paper.

Although some children had difficulty and needed help from myself, another teacher, or peers, they all produced a recognisable piece of origami. This they glued to their question papers, adding details and pictures of the animal’s food. Then there was a sentence to complete, and this page was added to the rest of the work and formed part of their science assessment for this unit, counting for 10 marks out of a total of 30. 4 out of the 10 marks were allocated for neat and accurate folding.

The children really enjoyed the activity, and it was an opportunity for those who attend the extra mural club to help their peers, and show off their own proficiency in reading diagrams without adult assistance.

Cheryl Gibbs