Mormon Origami by Todd Huisken:
Age Range: 7 and up
Paperback: 144 pages
Publisher: Cedar Fort, Inc. (October 8, 2013)
Genre: Arts and Crafts
Source: Publisher for tour
My Rating: 5 of 5 stars
About the Book:
There are more things to make from Sunday meeting programs than airplanes and fortune tellers; now your kids can fold CTR shields, pioneer handcarts, or the Salt Lake Temple!
Mormon Origami provides 25 simple to intermediate origami designs from the Book of Mormon and Church history. These designs can be used by teachers and parents as lesson handouts or activities to help children be reverent. This unique skill will entertain and help illustrate principles as you include these gospel-oriented designs in your lessons, activities, and everyday fun!
About the Author:
Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist and the
Counseling Manager at LDS Family Services in Fountain Valley, CA. He
attended Brigham Young University and The University of San Diego and
has a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy. Todd has served as
the Assistant Director of Disaster Mental Health Services for the
Orange County Chapter of the American Red Cross. He has worked with
victims from the San Diego Fires, Hurricanes Ivan and Katrina, and he
spent two weeks in Haiti after the devastating earthquake in 2010. He
was an early morning seminary teacher for six years. He is the author of
The Dating Directory and the founder of Process and Content, a graduate
program newsletter at the University of San Diego. The most important
thing about Todd is that he has been married to his beautiful wife for
21 years and they have three daughters and a son and they try to make
Disneyland their second home.
I recently went to a PTA meeting where the school librarian informed us
that the most popular books in the library were on origami. I was
intrigued, so I got a few out of our public library. My kids had a blast
folding paper into different shapes.
So when I saw the blog tour for Mormon Origami, I jumped at the chance to be on the tour. The
projects in this book were too advanced for my kids to make it beyond
the first few steps, but I had a lot of fun folding the paper myself!
This book is definitely for older kids with better coordination and
reading comprehension than a kindergartener. 🙂 The instructions are pretty
easy to follow, so an older kid could figure it out with little to no
While some of the projects are unique to Mormon culture, many are not (ie. a tree, a
sword, a tower). Even if you aren’t LDS, this book presents a lot of new and unique folding projects, so I wouldn’t let that stop you from enjoying it.
Origami is a lot of fun, and this book provides some exciting new projects for kids that have moved past the easy stuff. Highly recommended for LDS kids and fans of origami!