Jumping Frog Origami

One of our favorite interactive origami figures is this tiny jumping frog. When you gently press on the frog’s back, it instantly jumps in the air, as if it comes to life. Not only do kids love this toy, but adults also enjoy playing with it. You can craft several frogs and make a competition on whose groggy jumps higher or further. The frog is also a symbol of good luck in many countries, so it can make a great decoration of your workspace, or a small touching gift to someone you love.

For crafting this fun jumping toy, you will only need paper and your hands. No scissors or glue will be needed. Also note, that you can actually use an origami paper of any size, depending on the desired size of the resulting frog. In the step-by-step instructions, which you will find below, we are using a standard size of green-colored paper, but you are free to experiment!

Make it for your kids or with your kids. The process is almost as fun as the result! So let’s start!

Step 1

Take a piece of paper that has the shape of a rectangle with an aspect ratio of 3×5 (The paper size in the photo is 9 cm x 15 cm)

Step 2

Take the top right corner and fold it over to form a triangle.

Step 3

Do the same with the other side, and then unfold the paper.

Step 4

Do the same with the other side, and then unfold the paper.

Step 5

Bend the left corner of the triangle to its top, forming the future foot.

Step 6

Do the same with the other corner, then fold the left side of the paper towards the middle.

Step 7

Repeat the previous steps with the other side, and then fold the frog in half.

Step 8

Turn it over and fold the bottom flap in half to form the frog’s hind legs.

Step 9

Ready! You have made an origami jumping frog.

Draw your own pond with water lilies for the baby frog. Make a couple more frogs to create a family. Spend an exciting evening helping the frogs jump from one water lily to another.

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