My attention span is horrible with some things....but with origami, I could spend hours on one project if it was necessary.
My kids will pick up on whatever I am excited about. We struggle with cleaning, but do great with origami.
I like it because:
It deals with geometry
It involves problem solving
Its a creation
It's a cheap toy and when the thrill is gone, you throw it away!
Today we made ladybugs and dogs. I found a website that has easy origami for kids for free.
They had fun. They named their dogs and pretend played with them.
I also have some animal print origami paper and made more complex animals with them. I did most of the work, but they enjoyed being a part of the creation and then played with them as well.
If you buy a package like that, though, you might want to check what language the instructions are in. There are pictures as well, but these instructions were not in English...made it a little harder!
I think it is kinda neat to show how a square can make 2 triangles and so forth. If you are just playing around or if you are trying to instruct a child, you can say things like:
"Show me how to make a red triangle."
"Now open up your paper, how many rectangles do you see?"
"Fold the paper in a diagonal to make a triangle."
"Line up your corners so you don't see any white, then crease the fold."
Look at all of the shapes you make...marvel at what folding a paper can do....have fun with the end result!