A long, long, long time ago Mr. Aitch had gifted me an origami kit as I was obsessed with this cool art form using a sheet of paper. This kit included a great booklet that showed the basics of paper folding. The last project in the booklet was the flapping bird. This is different than the famous crane. The crane is a stationary object and the flapping bird can move. I still have the original kit but loaned the booklet to a friend…and never got it back.
Last October I taught one of the twins how to make an origami flapping bird as she had learned how to make some shapes. We made several birds and she got quite good at it. So I emailed her yesterday with a suggestion of something to do every day during this unusual period in our lives.
Here is a short video of the flapping bird in action.
There are several videos and written instructions on the interwebs that you can find but I made my own instructions based on how I learned how to make it. If you are interested, click here. Warning, you will need some basic knowledge of origami folds that I do not provide.