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Plastic Play, Inc.


Age Range
7 - 12
Arts & Crafts - Construction Toy - Creative Product - Educational Skills Product

A unique creation set designed to bring the joys of Origami folding while eliminating the high degree of proficiency the Japanese art demands. The plastic pieces have creases in predetermined places that will not allow for wrong or imprecise folding. This fact lets the child achieve immediate results. Let children enjoy simply snapping pieces together without constraining them to any particular shape. The First stage should be in understanding how the pieces connect by creating flat, two-dimensional shapes with no folds. It is fascinating to see the gradual development in special perception and dexterity as the child begins to experiment with folding. Once the child is engaged they tend to create straight angle shapes like cubes and other square shapes. folding the triangular flaps will always result in square shapes, however, using this technique one can create quite elaborate structures. The most complex shapes will have to include the diagonal creases. Using these folds will allow for advanced shapes and complicated structures. It is recommended that the child starts playing without adherence to any specific guideline and only turns to the instructions after they feel comfortable with simply snapping and folding to create shapes of no particular form. A great tool for enhancing children’s understanding of geometrical relations. Without even knowing it, the child is creating angles that must complement each other to complete a specific shape. i-gami is in-fact a series geometrical relations that can be manipulated in an infinite number of ways to create almost any imaginable shape. The child quickly learns that connecting together a group of hexagons will not break away from the two dimensional plane, but simply replacing even one hexagon with a pentagon immediately forces the shape to a third dimension. Similarly using smaller shape like a square, thus widening the angle between the pieces, will demand tighter curves to close this wider angle. Using the diagonal creases in our Ichi-gami piece and controlling the angle of the fold will determine the resulting angle between the shapes connected to that piece. Encourages the children to observe the relationship between the angles of the pieces and the effect they have on the transformation of a shape from two dimensions to three dimensions.


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