This Christmas craft Santa Claus origami video is one video. It shows how to make two Christmas craft Santa Claus origami: an easy Santa Claus origami Christmas craft and a more complex Santa Claus origami Christmas craft.
It requires square paper (see David Wimberley's always-free TeachersPayTeachers video lesson teaching children how to make their own square origami paper in two different sizes -- suitable for Grades 2 and up).
This easy Santa Claus origami lesson is suitable for Grades 2 and up. It is finished about halfway through the video file. A large text frame in the video notifies students they've finished the easy one.
The more complex Santa Claus origami continues from the point at which the easy origami is finished. It builds on the easy one. It's suitable for some 3rd Graders and for most students in Grades 4 and up.
Grades: Second Grade or Third Grade and up. Some children in the second grade lack the essential fine motor skills for the folding and cutting.
Media: This origami video for children is a QuickTime video file. (.mov). It gives the longest video for the smallest file size. They can be played on Macs with no problem. They can be played on Windows computers easily too. If it doesn't play on your Windows computer right away, then talk to your network admin, or google "How to Play QuickTime in Windows" to see some ready solutions.
Time required for children to complete this lesson: 20 minutes. The first time may require 30 minutes. The full video video lasts about 12 minutes. It is a structured lesson showing in detail how to make an origami Santa Claus. It's simple enough, but it does take time; and to do it well, children will need opportunity to practice.
Objective: Students will learn how to make an origami Santa Claus.
Applications: An origami center is very useful as a component of a reading block for making vocabulary cards (most origami functions naturally as flash cards and greeting cards). It's best to try it first as an open-ended activity. The time pressure of a reading block schedule isn't suitable for a first try at this. But after the children learn how to do this craft, it can be incorporated into your reading block with no problem.
1. Computer or other screen on which to view a small video.
2. Paper -- perfectly square. Please see my free video at TeachersPayTeachers.com, "How to Make Free/Cheap Origami Paper."
1. Organize the children into groups small enough to view a small video together on a computer screen. In my experience, four or five students are about the limit.
2. Choose, or have them choose, one child in the group to be the video controller. His/her job will be to pause the video when the video teacher says to pause, and to rewind for students who want to see the previous step again.
3. Establish or review small-group working rules, then let the children watch the video. It's a self-contained lesson.
4. The video can be zoomed to about 2x its normal screen size while still being viewable.
Enjoy! It's fun. Most children love origami when they can watch a step by step origami instructions video and see what to do, rather than struggling, as many primary grades students do, with origami diagrams.