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Origami star

What to do with this activity?

This is a star that needs a bit of patience to make. 

Before you start making the five-sided star shown above, you need to cut a piece of paper into a pentagon (a five sided) shape. Follow the video instructions here to find out how to turn a square page into a pentagon shape. Make sure that the page you start with is a square by checking its measurements with a ruler. 

Once you have your pentagon, the video above shows you how to make a 5 pointed star. It's quite complicated and requires concentration. See if your child can follow the instructions slowly, step by step, pausing the video as they need. Be on hand if they need any help. 

All the instructions are from Homemade gifts made easy.  

Your child might like to make several stars to decorate your home during the Christmas period. Colourful wrapping paper, especially gold or silver coloured paper, might work well. 





  • Why am I doing this?

    Maths makes sense to children when they use it in everyday life - like measuring things, working out distances, estimating food for dinner or money for groceries. The more opportunities you give your child to use the maths they learn at school through everyday activities the more they will understand and enjoy working with numbers.

  • How can I do more?

    Discuss maths that you see around you. For example, talk about sales in shops – half price, 25% off, what is good value? Or how much will the item cost after the discount?

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