DIY Origami Hearts

It is almost Valentine’s Day!

In celebration of Valentine’s day, one of our Occupational Therapists is going to teach us how to make an Origami Heart! Origami is a great activity to practice a variety of skills while requiring little preparation and simple set up and it is also super fun!


Click here to watch the video! 


What is Origami? 

Origami comes from the Japanese words ‘ori’ meaning folding, and ‘kami’ meaning paper. Through folding, a flat piece of paper can be transformed into different shapes and designs! 


Skilled Addressed:

  • Fine motor skills
  • Visual motor skills
  • Executive functioning
  • Sequencing and following directions
  • Motor planning


Supplies Needed:

To make your origami heart, you will just need paper! You can use construction paper, post it notes, paper shopping bags, an old newspaper- any paper will work!  If your paper is not a perfect square, you may need scissors to trim off the edges. You may also choose to use tape to fasten down the top edges of the heart to keep it together. 



  1. Gather your materials.
  2. Follow the step by step directions in the video above. 
  3. Add in extra fine motor and visual motor skill practice by decorating with stickers, markers, paint, or writing Valentine’s day messages on your heart! 

Make one, or many to give to your loved ones! Happy folding!



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