Origami Water Lily
Origami Water Lily made by five-year-old Anthony -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/80 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — full exif
Origami Water Lily
made by five-year-old Anthony

Anthony's really been getting into origami lately, and most mornings we awake to find new creations he's made before breakfast. This morning he made a water lily (AKA lotus, like the lotus I posted last month).

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 50 mm — 1/50 sec, f/5.6, ISO 500 — full exif

He can't really read yet, but follows along with the instructions in the book...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 48 mm — 1/90 sec, f/4, ISO 500 — full exif

We've taught him the conventions used in this book... that solid arrows mean “fold toward you”, outline arrows mean “fold back”, the difference among the various line styles (dotted, dashed, solid...), etc., so he can usually figure it out.

He often makes things on his own (that is, without the aid of the book or specific prior experience), ranging from an amazing duck he made two days ago that I couldn't find this morning to photograph, or this ... how shall I say... “less refined” wallet...

Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/2000 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — full exif

Yesterday morning, he presented me with two flowers that he made on his own, including a toothpick stem...

“Flowers” -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/80 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — full exif
“Flowers”
Experiments and Rejects -- Kyoto, Japan -- Copyright 2008 Jeffrey Eric Francis Friedl, http://regex.info/blog/
Nikon D200 + Nikkor 17-55mm f/2.8 @ 55 mm — 1/100 sec, f/3.2, ISO 500 — full exif
Experiments and Rejects

All 2 comments so far, oldest first...

Ok, that’s just cool! Anthony is one smart cookie. I have never been able to do origami by reading directions in a book – it never EVER looks right. And for a 5 year old to do it so well without being able to read the actual directions is amazing to me! And refined or not, that wallet is great.
Maybe when I see him this summer, Anthony can give me a few tips.

— comment by Marcina on July 14th, 2008 at 10:17am JST (9 years, 5 months ago) comment permalink

My son also had a prolific origami phase, but I think he was a year older when he went through it. I get all nostalgic about it. When we go to events where origami is offered he still does it but not like before on his own. (Not so “happy” this time when entering the password.)

— comment by Anne on September 10th, 2012 at 12:25pm JST (5 years, 3 months ago) comment permalink
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