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Table Top Origami

Submitted by on November 15, 2010 – 1:06 pmNo Comment

I would imagine Table Top Origami would be good fun to bring out at the end of a particularly boozy dinner party

Buy online at Lakeland

£4.99

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Initial thoughts: I have to say my heart sank when I opened the small box containing Table Top Origami. Although it proclaimed they were “quick and easy”, one look at the thick instruction booklet detailing how to make the 20 designs had me sighing. Following instructions isn’t one of my strong points and I fear a couple of the children may have inherited this. Still, I thought it would be clever to make penguins, dog faces and dolphins out of bits of paper, even if the kids weren’t quite so enthusiastic.

We liked: The premise of Table top origami is great; more fun at the dinner table which, if you have children, can be quite a stressful place. Of course, you can use this anywhere but a flat surface is a must. I had visions of us creating and laughing and being generally very clever with paper. We also liked the wide variety of things you could make from a paper aeroplane to a samurai hat and from a croaking frog to an ice-cream cone.

We weren’t keen on: I had visions of the paper being printed with the folding instructions on them but unfortunately it is just blank pieces of paper you get, which is fine if you’re not me. My husband had to take over when I got stuck on “hood fold on the dashed line”. Having one book also means that someone has to be in charge of reading it then showing the rest of the would-be origamists. The paper was also a bit disappointing, I was hoping for some lovely patterns but instead they were plain colours.

Overall: I ran out of patience trying to make something, although some of the family persevered. It was also a bit too tricky for the younger members. I would imagine this would be good fun to bring out at the end of a particularly boozy dinner party but it didn’t really generate the family fun time I was hoping for.

Deb [Carrots and Kids]

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