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The website of writer and paperfolding designer David Mitchell

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Active Play Origami
 
         
 
Active play origami is the design and realisation of origami toys which change their shape when played with.

Active play origami designs may be single sheet, multiple sheet or modular. Multiple sheet play origami designs are much rarer than the other two kinds.

Examples of single sheet and multiple sheet active play origami are given on this page. Examples of modular active play origami can be found on the Modulars in Motion page.

Most of the examples of active play origami designs shown below are my own. Classic active play origami designs by other paperfolders will be added to this page as and when time allows.

 
Single Sheet Active Play Origami Designs
 
  Collapsible Cube - cube that squashes flat.   096   1993   // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Flapping Dove - action design.   326   2009   Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
                 
  Flapping Parrot - action design.   315   2007   Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // Rencontres de Mai 2009 - MFPP - Paris // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Frog Eat Frog - cut and fold design. Adaptation of a Paul Jackson design (which was itself an adaptation of a Robert E Neale original). Frog Eat Frog Eat Frog is also possible.   278   2005   Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Holy Ghost - an action origamidada.   245   2002   // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Kamikaze - adaptation of the traditional business card jumping frog design so that it works from ordinary square origami paper.   340   2012   // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Mr Yapper - double action design from a blintzed bird base.   008   1987   Diagrams not yet available.
 
  Piranha - biting action toy from the windmill base that can be used to demonstrate catastrophe theory.   103   1993   Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5
 
  Whippersnapper - scissor action snapping toy from a fish base.   011   1987   Origami - Barnes and Noble - ISBN 0-7607-3331-7 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.
 
  Woodpecker - simple action toy - adaptation of Paul Jackson's fold of the same name.   033   1988   BOS Convention Pack Spring 1989 // Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4.
 
Multiple Sheet Active Play Origami Designs
 
  Butterfly - naive action design.   552   1992   Diagrams not yet available.