So I was looking for something new to do with my kids when something caught my eye. It was a picture on Pinterest of a really pretty origami crane. I remember doing origami in Girl Scouts and how much fun it was.
I found this site that walks you through the steps, with pictures! There are some adds so if you are bringing it up to use with your students, scroll down a bit to bypass the adds. There are tons of different things to make but the ones that I found to be the best and most basic were:
They had a ton more but to start out simple I think these are best. Even my kiddos with fine motor weaknesses could do these ( with some assistance ). So why do origami in speech? It’s fun, it’s different, and you can target tons of goals! Following directions, describing, verb tense tense, sequencing, expressive language, fluency, etc. Plus, it is something fun they can take home and a new skill they can show off in class, hopefully, when it is appropriate.
You can find special, origami paper pretty cheap from craft supply stores like Michaels or Hobby Lobby. If you don’t want to buy special paper, simply cut paper to be a square.
There’s a great book from Discovery Toys I bought years ago called Fun Folds that uses simple origami and pairs it with language activities! One of my old timey faves. With some of my middle school students we do “modular” or Golden Venture Paper Folding. It is 3D origami. It has an interesting history.