Math and Origami

Let’s Make an Origami Pumpkin!

Fall is here and it’s a great time to make an origami pumpkin! Use this fall activity in your classroom or for your remote teaching.  You can send students the link or do it with them!  Either way, it will be fun to learn how to make their own origami pumpkin.  





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So now that it’s fall and close to Halloween, it’s a great time to do some creative origami. So today I’m bringing in an origami specialist, Barbara Pearl. For those of you who don’t know me. My name is Elizabeth Peterson and I am the host of The Inspired Classroom, providing resources for teachers.

Today, I’m excited to bring this resource to you that you can share with your students as well. Today, we’re going to be making a little pumpkin out of origami paper.

And if you don’t have origami paper, don’t worry, we’re going to cover the bases on that as well.

Make Your Own Origami Paper


Worried that your students don’t have origami paper? We’ve got you covered. In the video, Barbara shows them how to make any piece of paper into a square shape. 

How to Make an Origami Pumpkin


Jump to this time and let Barbara show you how to make an origami pumpkin!

Don’t forget to decorate your pumpkin when you’re done.

So, how did your pumpkin come out!? I hope you had a lot of fun creating your own little pumpkin that you can use to decorate for the fall!

Benefits of Origami

What I love about creating an origami pumpkin is that it wraps up a lot of different things in one activity:

  • Hand-Eye coordination and fine motor skills
  • Mind-FOLD-ness (as Barbara likes to say!)
  • Math concepts
  • Creativity (as you make your pumpkin unique)
  • Writing (use the pumpkin as a character for a story or poem)
  • Songs and dramatic play (use the pumpkins as puppet for storytelling)

Keep Creating!

I remember making these little balloons in 3rd, 4th and 5th grade like crazy!  So, once you get started I know you’re not going to want to stop. 

You can make them into all different colors and sizes and make them into a variety of different things: balls, decorations, mobiles!  So get creating and KEEP creating!

My name’s, Elizabeth.  Make sure you keep getting inspired so you can be inspiring to your students!


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