In celebration of Hanukkah, one of our OT’s is going to teach us how to make an Origami Dreidel! Origami is a great activity to practice a variety of skills while requiring little preparation and simple set up.
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!
- Fine motor skills
- Visual motor skills
- Executive functioning
- Sequencing and following directions
- Motor planning
To make your origami Dreidel, 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.
Step by Step:
- Gather your materials.
- Follow the step by step directions in the video linked here
- Add in extra fine motor and visual motor skill practice by decorating with stickers, markers, paint, or writing Hanukkah messages on your dreidel!
Make one, or many to give to your loved ones in celebration! Happy Hanukkah!
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