Keep your children’s hands busy during church services with Bible Origami. Instead of folding the service programs into paper airplanes, they can fold Noah’s ark, an oil lamp, or Joseph’s coat! As you develop the unique skill of creating these simple-to-intermediate origami designs, you will find opportunities to use them with all ages for lessons, activities, crafting, and everyday fun!
Q & A with Todd
Where did you get the inspiration to write a book on origami?
I have an amazing wife, Jill, who when I told her my idea told me to, “Go for it.” She is amazing creative in her own right and she has always been supportive. Whenever I would get stuck, she was there to encourage me. She inspired me and inspires me. I also have four great kids, Kylie, Jolie, Sophie and Dean who have been my guinea pigs when it came to practicing my different models. They would tell me if it was too hard, or didn’t look like what I was trying to portray. They were also part of my amazing team.
Who is this book written for?
First, I think origami is a wonderful teaching tool for kids as it combines following instructions with a hands on approach that kids enjoy. Plus, the end result is always an accomplishment that the folder can look at as something they have created. I can see origami being used in church schools and home school programs, as well as with family for fun activities on Sundays. It requires very little in preparation, just paper. I’ve also heard of it being used with older youth in missionary activities where they leave notes for people on some of the designs. Rather than a post it note with a reading assignment, the person being taught is left with the assignment written on a dove or oil lamp.
What is the connection between origami and your career as a counselor?
I really do not use origami when I am counseling other although I have heard of some people doing that. The only real connection is that origami provides a nice break for me from my work. After a few hours of intense counseling sometimes it feels good to sit at my desk, take my mind out of counseling mode, and fold a couple of fun models to change things up a bit.
What a fantastic idea to keep younger children occupied during church but to do something with a message. This book shares many stories from the bible and each page has a “Did You Know” at the top of each page with a fact that you may or may not have known about the bible.
I’m only a semi crafty person, but my stepson has done Origami before so I asked him for his assistance in trying some of these pieces. I could handle most of the level 1 and level 2 took some time. He was able to do various level 3 pieces with ease. The drawings are explicit and show you step by step how to recreate the different pieces. While mine looked ok, I’m sharing some pictures from the author of the different origami in the book.
We think this is a great book and give it 5 paws up!
About the Author
Todd Huisken is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist in Irvine, California. He had a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology from Brigham Young University, a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from the University of San Diego and has been in practice for 21 years. 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 spent two weeks in Haiti following the earthquake in 2010. He’s a writer, a runner and a paper folder. Todd has been married to his beautiful wife for 26 years and they have three daughters and a son. In their free time, the Huiskens try to make Disneyland their second home.