VBS Project 3: Origami Paper Cup

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For the third day of crafts at Calvary VBS, we created this simple origami paper cup. The story was Jesus meeting the woman at the well. I suppose we could have created a well out of old cans or popsicle sticks. But the origami went over so well on Friday, I decided not to mess with success. Besides, we only had thirty minutes. That is not a lot of time for a craft project involving glue.

We started with a regular sheet of paper, which was folded diagonally. You cut the bottom strip off to create a square. Instead of using scissors, I taught the kids how to use their fingernail to sharpen the fold, then lick the fold and tear the edge off.

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One boy was not impressed with this and asked if he could use the scissors. I told him that he could for the next one, but I really wanted him to learn this skill. I even went so far to say that he might need to know how to make a paper cup to survive in the wilderness one day. What if he was trapped on a desert island and just had a sheet of paper? What would he do?

Well, this idea really resonated with the kids. When I took a picture of the completed projects later, I found a couple of survival cups. Ha! That really cracked me up.

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As with the paper boats, I brought in a special kind of paper for them to use. We created a second paper cup out of palette paper. I explained to them that this was a paper very similar to wax paper, which artists use to work with paint. With the shiny side on the inside fold, the cup was able to hold the water a little longer. Plus the exterior was like regular paper, therefore easy to decorate with markers.

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Once we finished our folding of cups, cups and more cups, we passed around a pitcher of water. So yes, we actually drank from our cups. How exciting.

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The Skinny on Paper Boats
Instructions

Materials
8.5 x 11 paper (or any rectangular sheet)

Extras
Crayons
Markers
Palette paper

This is Project 3 of four puppets and origami projects I shared in June 2010 during Vacation Bible School at Calvary Baptist Church.

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