Knowing my love for both books and paper craft, Tuttle offered to send over a new origami kit to review. But, since Ultimate Origami For Beginners is geared towards those just getting into origami and/or kids, I decided to ask my 9-year-old niece who loves all thing arts & crafty to review it instead. Nothing like a little delegation, right?
Alice folded while her mum snapped pictures and here's what they thought:
The Ultimate Origami For Beginners kit by Michael G. LaFosse and Richard L. Alexander includes a small book with 19 origami projects, instructional DVD and 62 pieces of origami paper in a variety of colours and sizes. There's even special paper that looks like real money!
The kit features an interesting collection of paper folding designs. Rather than just the typical origami models repackaged, the book has unique designs that they hadn't seen before.
The assortment of projects and papers is both colourful and gender neutral which is always a nice combo. How cute are those dogs?!
The projects are geared towards beginners but not necessarily children. The kit actually includes a wide range of difficulty.
Alice was most excited to try the projects which used the special money paper. However, those origami models were too challenging and her mum ended up having to make them with help from the video instructions.
When the book instructions were difficult to follow, they watched the videos on the included DVD. The videos are excellent and really helpful if you find the instructions confusing (anyone who has tried origami can understand the frustration that is trying to decipher origami diagrams!) However, as CD drives on computers are pretty rare these days and most people won't want to fuss with a getting their DVD player set up to watch origami instructions, a Youtube channel or other source of online videos would be a fantastic alternative to the DVD.
Overall, Alice enjoyed the Ultimate Origami for Beginners kit and felt that she would buy it for a friend who likes a challenge. Her mum liked that it was gender neutral and thought the price point was right on. (Bonus, it's currently on sale!)
And I think they did a great job of folding and reviewing this kit! Thank you!
All photos courtesy of Alexis Edghill.