Make this Easy Origami Shark (Perfect for Kids)

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An Origami shark is one of the coolest origami easy paper crafts you can make! It’s not too difficult either – in this blog post we’ll show you how to make an easy shark origami in a fun and simple way. This is a great project for people who are new to origami, or for anyone who wants to add a shark to their collection!

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This would make a fun and easy summer project and is perfect for kids and adults alike. With just a few simple steps, you can create your very own origami shark. Let’s get started!

This is a simple and easy beginner origami shark craft, so all you will need is one origami shark pattern that requires only one square sheet of paper, google eyes, or a marker to draw the eyes.

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This paper shark craft is a fun and creative way for kids to play with sharks at home! Use this simple shark craft to encourage imaginative play and also to learn about sharks. This origami shark looks like a great white shark to me! 

These easy origami shark instructions are geared for preschoolers, pre k, kindergarten and even grade school kids, but younger kids will definitely need an adult to help.

Supplies needed to make an Origami Shark:

  1. Colored craft papers
  2. Craft glue
  3. Googly eyes
  4. Sharpie
  5. Scissors
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How to Make an Origami Shark Instructions:

Step 1 – Establish your base folds and Creases

First, you’ll need a sheet of square origami paper. If you don’t have any origami paper, you can also use a regular sheet of printer paper. Just make sure to fold it in half so that it’s nice and square. If you don’t have square paper, measure and trace to cut out a piece of square paper using a ruler.

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Take the square paper sheet and fold the paper into half diagonally on both sides to create creases. 

It’s important to get the base creases folded neatly and ready, so fold any two of the large triangle parts and the unfold them. You should now have all of the base creases ready.

Step 2 –

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Hold any corner of the square paper and draw it inside, aligning that outer side of the paper with the diagonal crease inside.

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Do the same with the opposite corner. More precisely, align the top and left (or right, either one side) sides of the paper with the diagonal creases inside. 

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Hold the narrow corner of the current pattern and bring it all the way the opposite corner and fold the paper neatly. Unfold the last fold.

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Take the narrow corner again and bring it all the way to the point where the 2 sides of the paper join. Unfold the last fold again. 

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Now fold the narrow corner to the point of the last crease (from the previous fold). 

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Unfold the last fold and you’ll see three parallel creases. 

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Use scissors to cut a line from the corner of either flap to the outer point of the bottom crease. 

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Fold the cut-out pattern outwards, this will be the fin of the origami shark. Now cut a line between the 2 flaps, from the narrow corner to the point of the 2nd crease from that end. 

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Fold out the 2 sides of the slit diagonally to opposite directions. These are the tail of the origami shark. 

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Fold the current pattern into half symmetrically. 

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Attach a googly eye and use a sharpie to draw a mouth of the paper shark.

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History of Origami

Origami is an ancient art form that has its origins in Japan. Unlike other forms of paper folding, origami does not require the use of glue or scissors. Instead, it relies on a system of precise folds and creases to transform a flat sheet of paper into a three-dimensional sculpture.

The word “origami” comes from the Japanese words “ori”, meaning “to fold”, and “kami”, meaning “paper”. Today, origami is enjoyed by people of all ages around the world and is considered to be both an art form and a science.

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Whether you are looking to create a simple flower or a complex dinosaur, origami is a rewarding hobby for anyone who enjoys working with their hands and exercising their creative muscles.

Origami Tips for the Beginner

Origami is the ancient Japanese art of paper folding. Today, origami is enjoyed by people of all ages and skill levels around the world. If you’re new to origami, or simply looking for some beginner tips, here are a few things to keep in mind.

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First, start with simple projects such as this shark origami craft. There are many beautiful and complex origami creations out there, but as a beginner it’s best to start small. Once you’ve mastered the basics, you can move on to more challenging designs.

Second, take your time. Origami is not a race! The slower you go, the better your results will be. Remember to relax and have fun with it.

Third, practice, practice, practice. The more you fold, the better you’ll become at it. And don’t be afraid to make mistakes – everyone does at first. Just try again and learn from your mistakes.

With these tips in mind, you’re ready to start exploring the wonderful world of origami! If your kids really love sharks and ocean animals, check out information about shark week here. If you enjoy sharks crafts, you may also enjoy these Free Beach Themed Worksheets for Kids!