The best part of my job is having the opportunity to work with some amazing kids. Yesterday, one of middle schoolers spent a chunk of his afternoon teaching brand new sixth graders how to create a transforming ninja star. I loved watching the kids learn from each other; they all left with a new understanding of what libraries can offer them, which is always fantastic.
Learn how to make your own gorgeous transforming star after the cut! If you’re a librarian, or just curious about programs and maker activities, don’t hesitate to connect! I’m always looking for new ideas and different ways to accomplish more with my kiddos.
We’re first going to start with eight regular sheet of paper. Generic printing paper will work fine; I used book pages because I have an abundance of them! Fold one corner up to the straight edge of the paper to form a square. Cut away the extra paper as shown in the second picture to the far left. Then, take your square and fold it six times: diagonally both ways, then hamburger and hotdog (i.e. vertically and horizontally).
Now you have a square with folded lines that resemble a spider web. Take two opposing corners and fold them into the center (top photo in the second row). Fold the square in on the vertical fold line.
This is where it gets a bit tricky. Take the very bottom center opposite the point and fold it in like shown in the bottom photo to the left. If you fold in on your diagonal lines, it should simply fold in on itself.
You should now have a polygon shape as shown in the photo to the right at top. Fold each of the seven other pages in the same manner.
When all eight pieces have been folded properly, you’re going to join two blades together. To do this, take one blade and fold it around another like I’ve shown in the second photo to the right. To finish joining, simply fold the tips of the blade on top in on the other blade like the bottom right photo depicts. You’ll join each consecutive piece in like this until all eight have been joined together in a round that slightly resembles a camera aperture (or quilt block!).
To join the two end blades of your star, you will simply place one blade inside the other, and wrap the end tips in like you have done for every other blade.
To transform your star, you can now lightly push the blades together to have a completely different shape appear! There is absolutely no glue or tape holding this star together, only the paper folded together holds the whole shape.
So many people fold origami, and I would definitely recommend it! It’s so relaxing and very quick to put together. Some small children joined our crafternoon activity; one little girl said it looked like magic, and I’d agree!
If you have any questions, leave a comment and I will try to help!
Tomorrow is National Doughnut Day! I’ll be celebrating with a treat and a craft that looks good enough to eat!