Leaping frog

2016, a Leap Year, is a perfect time to making a jumping origami frog!

Posted on Feb 01 2016 in For Youth, Kids Projects

Origami is the Japanese art of paper folding. Origami paper, available at craft stores, is key to creating a nimble, high-jumping paper frog. Though you’ll want to watch a tutorial below to guide you through the process, you can also review the following instructions to help you create your leap frog.

  • Fold the paper in half sideways to make a rectangle with the color side of the origami paper on the outside.
  • Fold both layers of the top right corner to the edge of the rectangle and unfold right away. Repeat this for the top left corner.
  • Flip the paper over and fold the top of the paper down at the spot where the diagonal creases meet. Unfold.
  • Flip over again, and fold the two edges toward you so they meet each other. The top of your rectangle will fold down to form a triangle.
  • Fold the bottom of the paper up so that its edge meets the bottom of your triangle. Fold the two corners of the triangle up to form the front legs of the frog.
  • Fold the sides inward to meet at the center.
  • Fold the bottom of the paper upward so its edge touches the bottom of the legs. Unfold.
  • Insert your fingers into the inside of the flaps. Pull the bottom corners outward to the sides so that the bottom edge comes up to touch the bottom of the legs.
  • Fold the corners down so they meet at the bottom of the figure.
  • Fold the bottom corners outward to form the back legs of the frog.
  • Create a zigzag fold at the bottom of the figure, folding the bottom half up and then the bottom quarter down.
  • Flip the frog over. Press your finger on the top layer of the zigzag fold and release for your frog to leap.