For ‘World Book Day’ Javier designed an easy-to-make origami bookmark, invited friends to fold and illustrate it with a drawing of their own design, and then share it on his Facebook page.
When I folded his corner origami bookmark I noticed that one of the sides of this model was shaped like a boat and thought a boat would be a good image to use on this bookmark.
The other side is a perfect diamond. Considering what image might pair well with a boat, I envisioned a pirate, of course! And so the flip side of the origami bookmark turned into a pirate’s face. I colored the sails black, and the pirate found his perfect ship. Javier loved it!
Thinking of other possible combinations, I also developed paired images of a witch and her cauldron for those times when we’re into reading spooky books.
Here, with Javier’s permission, I would like to share his bookmark featured on one of my instructional origami videos.
I am sure there are many pairs of images that could be created for this origami bookmark, and you probably have some great ideas of your own. Would you like to give it a try?
If you would like to make an origami bookmark of the pirate and his ship, or the witch and her cauldron, I’ve created some FREE printable templates which you can download, fold, and color as you please. Download here:
- Pirate and Ship -bookmark PDF
- Witch and cauldron -bookmark PDF
- EXTRA Template!! Sheep and Wool Sweater -bookmark PDF
About Javier Caboblanco
Javier is an elementary teacher living in Toledo, Spain. He has been practicing origami for over twenty five years. His enthusiasm about his work is contagious and he is always coming up with creative activities for children. He shares his work on his youtube channel Papiroflexia Escolar.
“What I most love about my work is to teach, to educate and to show that there is true magic in this world” says Javier.
All his years of teaching have convinced Javier that the practice of origami is beneficial to young people in many ways:
- Origami helps children with fine motor skills (hand-eye coordination).
- Origami encourages them to appreciate work well done.
- Origami improves their abstract thought.
- Origami teaches them a new symbolic language.
- Origami is an excellent cross-curricular aid. Just about any subject can be taught using origami.
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