Origami is fun and it also challenges children to improve their fine motor skills, concentration and ability to follow instructions. Some basic tips:
1. The first crease is the most important. Take your time to get it straight and even.
2. Origami is a step by step art so show the kids how to do step one and let them get comfortable with it before you move on.
3. Let them feel free to make mistakes. Give them more than one piece of paper so that they feel confident even if they get the first one wrong.
4. I have the girls make different objects so that they don't compare - my five year's house may look perfect but it won't be compared with my two year old's slightly wonky boat.
5. Use a flat, clean surface and clean dry hands when folding.
6. Have colored markers or pens ready to draw on the folded objects once done to add personality. I also let the girls write their names on the back.
7. Keep the origami projects on a shelf and add to them over time so that eventually you will have a whole origami menagerie. You can also glue them into a shoebox for an origami diorama or punch holes and make origami holiday decorations.
You can find origami paper at Daiso in City Center and some of the stationary shops in Kuwait City. I've not seen it anywhere else but if other moms know where to find origami paper, pls comment below.
There are heaps of online resources with ideas for origami creations. Here are a few of my favorites:
Origami Instructions for Kids
Origami Paper Boat Video
Let's Make Origami
Holiday Origami Ornaments