I was approached by the author, Todd Huiksen, to review his new book called, “Mormon Origami.” Little did he know that my children, ages 7 and 2, had just begun a new fascination with creating various paper airplanes. This had become a new favorite family tradition and now we had the opportunity to try our hand at creating church-themed origami items!
I had started out the Family Home Evening with reading the Parable of the Talents and also sharing some other scriptures on developing talents. We went around the room and each person shared what everyone’s talents were. It is always nice to receive compliments and sometimes– you have to use a little strategy to get them! :) (Just kidding…)
After our lesson, I introduced that our activity was going to be creating church-themed origami.
My kids went NUTS!
We opted to create the shirt and tie combo!
First, we gathered our origami paper which is typically a square, then began work on the first project– making the shirt. Actually, my son and husband worked on the shirt while I worked on the tie.
The book is complete with step-by-step instructions with photo visuals to help illustrate each step in the process.
Here is a sample of the work of the tie:
What we did find is that the square paper we used didn’t work for creating the shirt. Maybe we messed up the step, but we found better results (although still not perfect) with a regular sheet of copy paper. As you can tell from the photo, this still was not a “perfect” shirt:
However, creating something worthy of an origami museum wasn’t our mission. Our goal was to have fun together and to work on developing new talents and for that we were SUCCESSFUL!
We have so many more objects to create from this book and with that, so many more memories to create together! My kids LOVE this book, my husband and I had a BLAST creating with the kids and this will be an continuous family activity!
I recommend this book for those that want to add a new, fun activity to an FHE! You can also use this with a group FHE and combine with several other families and have an origami contest.
About the Author:
Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the Counseling Manager
at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, CA. He attended Brigham Young University
and The University of San Diego and has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family
Therapy. Todd has served as the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services
for the Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with victims
from the San Diego Fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and spent two weeks in Haiti
after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He was an early morning seminary teacher
for six years. He is the author of The Dating Directory and the founder of Process
and Content, a graduate program newsletter at the University of San Diego. The most
important thing about Todd is that he has been married to his beautiful wife for 23 years
and they have three daughters and a son and they try to make Disneyland their second
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