Find the best origami books for kids with step-by-step directions and illustrations. These books, for beginners, offer fun and beautiful paper folding models and projects that are simple and easy to follow.
Not only is this craft a wonderful cultural tradition to learn, but it will also help kids learn to follow directions that are both written and illustrated.
8 Origami Books for Kids (Step by Step)
200 thin papers in vivid colors. These will work for any of the craft books below.
Beautiful traditional Japanese paper patterns in 500 sheets.
Origami Step by Steps Books
I Can Do That Origami by Gakken (ages 3 – 5)
Perfect for beginners, this book gives children the chance to cut with scissors and fold on the line. The activities are playful, making the activities not seem like fine motor practice but fun.
Easy Origami by John Montroll
Follow the easy, step by step directions to make a hat, cup, pinwheel, rabbit, piano, and more.
Origami Made Simple: 40 Easy Models with Step-by-Step Instructions by Russel Wood
Learn how to make the correct folds and then make flowers, animals, and more with these step-by-step illustrated directions.
That’s Math in My Origami! 35 Fun Projects for Learning Hands-On Math Learning by Fumiaki Shingu
Rating by difficulty for ages 7+, this book gives readers step-by-step instructions and drawings for making animals, toys, and vehicles.
Incredible Origami: 95 Amazing Paper Folding Projects by Arcturus Publishing
We love that there are so many projects with clearly illustrated and written directions! From animals to gift boxes, you’ll find great things to create with paper.
Colorful Kids Origami Kit
Use beautifully colored, pattern-filled folding paper to create amazing and eye-catching designs, like a rocketship, creatures, or flowers!
Origami Chic: A Guide to Foldable Fashion by Sok Song
Learn to make origami art beyond animals and flowers! Make tops, bottoms, dresses, shoes, handbags, and more. My 11-year old just can’t get enough and even though she was a total beginner when she started this book, got the hang of it right away. The 30 projects are written in clear directions with helpful line drawings to illustrate each step.
Classic Origami for Beginners by Michael G. LaFosse
Colorful directions to make 45 projects will show kids how to fold a kite, duck, doll, pagoda, and more. This book includes 98 sheets of paper.