Easy Origami Whales Tutorial by Kids

by Tonya Staab
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If your kids have ever wanted to try origami, then we have a really easy tutorial to get them started to make origami whales.

Marisol has become a little obsessed with making origami whales. I don’t even know how many we currently have all over the house, so she helped me put together a tutorial for your kids.

Note: This project was originally created for Rusty and Rosy, however that website has been taken offline so I moved the tutorial over here. 

origami whales in different colors made by kids

Origami is the Japanese art of folding paper, most often into shapes, animals, birds, and people.

What you need

  • Square pieces of paper. That’s it!
  • Optional: googly eye or a pencil to draw an eye.


Follow the images below to create your own paper whale.

step-by-step instructions for making origami whales

Origami books for kids

  • Origami Kids: 32 Projects Designed by and for Kids, by JC Nolan
  • Origami Games: Hands-on Fun for Kids, by Joel Stern
  • Origami on the Go: 40 Paper-Folding Projects for Kids Who Love to Travel, by Margaret Van Sicklen
  • Origami Activities for Children, by Chiyo Araki
  • Origami Dinosaurs for Beginners, by John Montroll

There is also a great kit by Creativity for Kids called Awesome Origami, that contains step-by-step instructions for making origami animals and other shapes along with 100 papers for making them.

Benefits of origami for kids

  • Following instructions
  • Multi-cultural awareness
  • Hand-eye co-ordination
  • Patience
  • Creativity

Have your kids tried their hand at origami?

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