When I went on my first cruise, there was a monkey made out of towels hanging from our cabin’s ceiling when we got back from dinner. He was even wearing my sunglasses! I was very excited. On other nights, we also had a rabbit, a sting ray and a dog, to name a few. Like I said, I was very excited, and even took pictures of each little creation. (Okay, that cruise was only four years ago, and I was 22. So sue me.)
I received a book in the mail the other day titled Jurassic Towel Origami by Alison Jenkins (Andrews McMeel Publishing, LLC). Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding paper. While these projects are the same principle, they use towels instead of paper. Did you know they even found prehistoric traces of towel folding in the mountains of Japan?
The book is filled with step-by-step instructions and photographs on how to create your very own towel origami. It even has templates in the back so you can create teeth, tongues, and fins as finishing touches. The book starts off with some tips and basic body and head shapes, and then moves onto the projects, which are divided into skill levels (Easy, Moderate and Difficult).
Each project stars off with a small introduction about that creature. The Brachiosaurus is the first project (Easy), and only has eight steps, with just a few folds and rolls. As you become more familiar with the different folding and rolling techniques, you can work your way up to the Stegosaurus or the Velociraptor (Moderate), and eventually the Saber-Toothed Tiger (Difficult). You can even create a Caveman (Difficult) and have the dinosaurs pretend to eat him.
This is a great book to try out with kids. They’ll have fun creating something that they can show off to friends and family, and they’ll even learn a thing or two in the process—and it might make bath time a little easier. Or, if you’re having houseguests, turn the extra towels they’ll use into a flying Dimorphodon. They might not know what the heck it is, but it’ll be entertaining nonetheless.
Go here to find out more, then grab some towels and start folding!