My son and I are always looking for arts and crafts to do. We had a small kit that allowed you to make a few origami animals and we really enjoyed it. We decided to buy a larger kit that would include supplies, but would come with directions also. Before we could buy a kit we received one and it turned out to be a fantastic present.
This kit is for kids 7 years and older. My son is 6 years old and we had no problems working together on it. Some of the projects would probably be better for the older kids though. The kit has origami projects (folding) and kirigami projects (cutting). Both types of projects can then be decorated by using colors, markers, stickers, or even glitter.
Items included in this kit are: 60 square sheets of paper in 20 bright colors, 18 multi-colored square sheets of paper with assorted patterns, 40 round sheets of paper, 48 stickers, 6 colored pencils, craft glue, craft scissors, and instructions. You have everything you need to make all the projects or you can also add to your projects with any supplies you'd like to use. We have done both.
The instructions are pretty easy to understand. I was surprised at how most of the projects were easily done. There is a basic folding set of instructions to get you aquainted with the fundamentals of origami. It helped us to practice these before starting our projects.
With the instructions included we were able to make origami ornaments like a bird, octopus, and goldfish. With the kirigami instructions we made many different patterns that were all unique and fun to do. We made fall leaves and snowflakes to name a few of them. We did find that we had more paper than project instructions included, so we went online and found more ideas to use.
All of the supplies included were made well and were used. The scissors are safety scissors and there were no concerns over little ones getting hurt. I would have liked to see more creativeness with the stickers, but those provided were more than adequate. The glue worked well and came in a simple applicator. It didn't save well once opened, but I've found the glue in most kits rarely does last long.
I'll buy the kit again simply for the variety of paper included. I'm unsure of the cost of the kit, but I've priced origami paper before and I believe the average price on kits does save a little money. If you try to buy the origami paper in individual packages hoping to get the same variety, I feel the cost would add up quickly.