Origami Animals

Kids love these cute origami animals, which can be made in all sizes from huge (use them as masks) to tiny. We list them roughly in order of difficulty, with the simplest models first. At the bottom of the page you will also find origami videos suitable for children featuring an assortment of animals.

Ideas for using these origami animals:

  • Make a greetings card... dress them up with ribbon, bows, accessories, backing paper as appropriate
  • Tape them to a wooden spoon and use as puppets
  • Make with a very large piece of paper and turn into masks
  • Create a farm or other animal scene, sticking the models to a large piece of paper and drawing in the background
  • Make a mobile by stringing the models up with thread
  • Turn into a fridge magnet to give as a home-made gift
  • Fold a mini animal and use as a pencil topper
  • Stick to a strip of card to make a bookmark - another cute gift idea
  • Use as "pieces" in a home made board game
  • Frame your own picture (instructions coming soon)
  • Decorate a notice board at home or at school
  • Jazz up your breakfast boiled egg by adding an origami animal with double sided sticky tape (perfect at Easter!)
  • Make adult and "baby" animals by using different sizes of origami paper
Origami Bat

Origami Bat

This origami bat is a straightforward model - but it does cheat by using a pair of scissors, which is not strictly allowed! The traditional origami bat model is quite tricky to fold so we have simplified it to produce this one which is great for children to fold but still very effective.

Origami Bunny

Origami Bunny

This very cute origami bunny is fun to make all year round, but particularly appropriate at Easter time!

Origami Cat

Origami Cat

This cute origami cat is probably the easiest of our origami animals, so it is perfect for beginners.

Origami Cat 2

Origami Cat 2

We have quite a collection of these little cats flying around on the front of our fridge on broomsticks at the moment! They make the perfect witch's cat for Halloween, but are cute enough to be enjoyed all year round.

Origami Dog

Origami Dog

This is an easy origami animal to fold, and he makes a perfect companion for our origami cat!

Origami Dog Printable

Origami Dog Printable

This origami dog printable is folded in the same way as our origami dog, but with folding lines to make it even simpler for little children.

Origami Fox

Origami Fox

This origami fox is a very simple model to fold and perfect for beginners. Give him his sly expression with a marker pen and add him to your origami animal collection!

Origami Koala

Origami Koala

This very cute koala is a simple model to fold and makes a perfect project for beginners who are looking to push themselves just a little.

Origami Panda

Origami Panda

A piece of black origami paper and a little patience turns out this cute little panda - perfect in all sorts of craft projects!

The folds for this model are relatively simple but there are quite a lot of them. Not for absolute beginners!

More Origami Animals - Videos

This video shows how to make a super origami penguin. It's paced well for children to follow along

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Love this barking dog!

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Here's a great 3D cow. There are some tricky reverse folds in this model, so it's best for older children.

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More Origami Fun for Kids

Origami Birds
Origami Birds

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