Origami Page:
     Traditional Jumping Frog

Mary Ellen Palmeri

Welcome to our monthly "Origami Page". Origami is folding paper and ending up with delightful figures and models, such as flowers, boxes and animals. This feature will showcase a different origami model in each monthly issue, with diagrams and photos to help readers learn how to fold them. Most models use one square of paper, some use a rectangle, and others use more than one piece of paper.

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By Mary Ellen Palmeri

There are several versions of the Jumping Frog in origami. This particular model is my favorite frog because it can jump so high! And it is FUN to decorate!

The word 'frog' (‘kaeru’) in Japanese means 'return', which is why the frog is considered a lucky animal in Japan, and seen as good fortune to have things returned. It is a common tradition to carry a small frog figurine in the bottom of ones coin purse or wallet to insure that even when money is spent, it will come back to you. This origami frog is easy to tuck into your wallet for good luck!

Teach this model to a friend, have fun decorating them, and then make up games to play with your frogs. See which frog jumps higher or farther. Set up targets to jump into, like origami boxes, and see which frog can reach the target first. Make it more interesting by adding points to each target and see who can accumulate the most points with the fewest jumps. See what other games you can develop for your frogs!

I found an idea for "Leap Frog Math" at this web location: teachbesideme.com/leap-frog-math-game/  The author, Karyn Tripp, explains how to set up math games using jumping frogs in a variety of ways. She folds a different version of the origami frog so you might try that one too.

Check out previous Tucson Happenings 'Origami Pages' for boxes and containers that can be used as targets in games, and/or to store your frogs. You will find over four years worth of origami models in our Archives: tucsonhappenings.com/features/ORIGAMI/  So far there are four box models to check out. They can be found in April 2019 (a "Basket" that can be used without the handle); June 2018 (a "Pen Box"); April 2018 ("Container from Rectangle"); Oct 2017, ("Treat Box").

Happy Folding!

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Origami originated in ancient Asian cultures and has been adapted by contemporary artists worldwide to reflect their own cultures. Local artist Mary Ellen Palmeri has incorporated paper folding into many of her mixed media art paintings, and teaches origami classes locally and nationally. Some of her work can be seen in a Tucson Happenings feature here: Artist_Profile

All of her Paper Dream Paintings can be seen in her Etsy shop where custom matted art prints of her original work can be purchased.   Go to: www.etsy.com/shop/LyricFineArts

Ms. Palmeri's original origami models have been published in books and magazines, she has been featured on broadcast media, and her mixed-media fine art works often include various original origami models. Origami LAFF (Lyric Arts Folding Fest) is a Tucson based club founded by Ms. Palmeri to provide a venue for sharing this art. The group meets monthly at a local library; for more details please contact the artist at info@lyric-arts.com

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