Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Book Review: Bible Origami by Todd Huisken

 Bible Origami by Todd Huisken

Book Description:

Keep your children's hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah's ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph's coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!

Rorie's Review:

My kids have enjoyed the Book of Mormon Origami book, so I was excited that we had the chance to review this book as well. It did not disappoint. Even my 5-year-olds got into it, although they needed a lot of help. :) Their favorite things to fold so far have been Joseph's coat and the whale. I even folded a few things. I have to admit, I didn't have success with the boat though - it went fine until the last step where it said to turn it inside out. I am a very visual person, and without full-color, step by step instructions, I was lost. But I'm sure other people will be able to figure it out easily. :) I can see using this as a long car trip activity. Maybe church, but my kids tend to be really distracting to those around us when they have paper to fold, so maybe not.

Andrea's Review:

I have very limited experience with origami, but I thought this book would be fun for my kids. Sadly, I found that origami isn't for everyone. My nine-year-old wasn't interested at all in trying it. I sort of made him try (which always goes well), and at the first struggle up he gave up. My thirteen-year-old was quite focused though. Once she started one she wanted to see it to the end. She liked what she made, although she felt that some of the steps made it very complicated. The diagram of the folds and arrows on the high level origami was overwhelming.

I found that level two was our max. The level three star of Bethlehem about brought the family to blows. ;) I would definitely recommend starting at level one and trying a few of those before attempting level two. With some more practice hopefully we can get to level three with smiles on our faces.

Tarah's Review:

I admit I'm a fan of origami. I will also admit, I'm not super skilled enough to do it :) When this book came in the mail it wasn't in my hand for more than two seconds before my kids  disappeared with it.  When I finally stole it back from them I enjoyed making Joseph's coat, a fish, the manger with baby Jesus, and like Rorie, I tried to make the boat, but that didn't work well for me. A lot of time when I'm doing origami I need my 8 yr old next to me looking at the instructions and telling me what to do, which is a sad commentary on my following instruction skills, but at least he's good at it, right? I really appreciated that Huisken had the difficulty level for each one. I stuck to the level 1's, but I still had a lot of fun. I will highly suggest that you buy some origami paper instead of trying to cut your own. It's doable, but it's just a pain, and the origami paper is already cut for you. If you or your kids like paper crafts, this is a great book to give a try on. Plus it would make for a really fun FHE or activity while learning the Bible stories.

“Bible Origami” blog tour schedule:

December 10: Chicken Scratch N Sniff
December 11: A.L. Sowards
December 12: Fearlessly Creative Mammas
December 13: Singing Librarian Books || Shelli Proffitt Howells
December 14: My Book a Day || Strong Armor || Ramblings of a Christian Mom
December 15: A Lively Hope || Funky Polkadot Giraffe
December 16: Heidi Reads || The Things I Love Most
December 17: Inklings and Notions || Carrine Judy
December 18: Rockin’ Book Reviews
December 19: Share, Love, Serve
December 20: Literary Time Out || Marie Leslie
December 21: Storeybook Reviews
December 22: Eccentric Eclectic Woman
December 23: Positivity Army || Brittany Shannon
December 24:
December 25:
December 26: Wishful Endings
December 27: Reidhead Random-ness || My Little Sunshines
December 28: Mel’s Shelves
December 29: Sweetly Made
December 30: Side by Side Learning
December 31: Fashion and Fiction Title:  Bible Origami
Author: Todd Huisken
Publisher: Cedar Fort
Published: December 2016
ISBN: 1462119603
Source: We received copies from the publisher in exchange for an honest review.

Purchase: Amazon | Deseret Book