STREAM Activity: Mother’s Day Origami Bookmark

Let your Mom know how special she is with a gift!

Activity best for children ages 4 and up

Mother’s Day is a wonderful time to make a handmade gift alongside your child! For this activity you will learn how to make a heart-shaped bookmark using the art of origami that you can gift to a special mom or someone else important to you or keep for yourself to enjoy while you are reading your favorite book. Origami is a type of crafting that uses the art of folding paper to create interesting objects such as shapes, animals, ornaments, and flowers.  In addition to making paper gifts, origami is a great craft to do alongside someone special as you can practice patience, perseverance, and teamwork. One of the best parts about this heart-shaped bookmark is that you will be able to use it while you share a favorite book together!

Consider these suggested strategies if your child needs assistance while working on a craft:

  1. Copy Cat: With each of you using your own set of the same materials, slowly move through each step, demonstrating what you are doing, verbally offering instructions, and waiting for your child to complete each step before moving forward. Observing moments of frustration, you can adjust your directions to meet your child at their learning threshold.
  2. Hand-over-hand: Using your hands over your child’s hands, you can gently guide them through a difficult step.
  3. Ask for Help: Instead of immediately offering to help or doing a step for them, encourage your child to ask for help when they need it. This allows them to decide if they want help or if they want to keep trying. You can say “I see how hard you are trying. Just let me know if you want me to help you.” You can also engage your child in a problem-solving conversation by asking, “What part is causing you frustration?” or “What ideas do you have to fix that?”
  4. Positive Encouragement: Make positive comments about your child’s effort, such as: “This is not easy but I see that you are working hard to get it done” or “It is okay to keep trying” or “We can work as a team to help each other.”
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Paper in your choice of colors cut into rectangles – the papers in the photos below are 4 inches by 8 inches

Clear tape

(Optional) markers or crayons to decorate the bookmark

A favorite book

Guiding Questions:

Why are hearts a good shape to use when we make someone special a gift? How does it make you feel when you make your mom or someone else a handmade gift?

What is your favorite book? What book should we use with the bookmark first?


Step 1

Gather your materials!

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Step 2

Fold the paper in half to make a long, skinny strip. Next, fold the paper in half again to make a crease down the middle of the strip.

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Step 3

Unfold only the second fold from the first step so you see the crease in the middle. Fold each side up along the crease. Next, lift each side slightly and insert a piece of tape across both pieces, sticky side up, and then press each side down onto the tape, to hold the sides together. The white arrow in the photo indicates where the tape should be, sticky side up. You have now made the bottom point of the heart.

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Step 4

Turn the paper over so that you can see a solid triangle at the bottom. Fold down a small section at the top of each side and do not unfold them.

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Step 5

On each of the sections you folded down in step four, fold each of the four corners inward at an angle to line up with the bottom of the folds.  See white arrows in the photo for guidance.

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Step 6

Your heart bookmark is now complete! You can decorate it if you like before gifting to mom or using it to mark a page in your favorite book!

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Grown Ups-Are you looking for more ways to extend your child’s learning? Check out these extension activities to build upon today’s STREAM activity!

Reading Connections

“More-igami” by Dori Kleber

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Real World Connections

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Make different colors of the origami heart bookmark and use them to mark reading goals in a beginner chapter book that you read together or for each family member to use with their own favorite book.