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Passive Play Origami
 
         
 
Passive play origami is the design and realisation of origami toys, such as boats, planes, spinners and tumblers, that do not change their shape or form when played with. (It is the origami not the play which is passive!)

Passive play origami designs may be single sheet, multiple sheet or modular.

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

 
Passive Play Origami Designs
 
  Name: Basketball Hoop with Stabiliser

Description: Mulytiple sheet passive play origami design. Adaptation of a modern design of unknown origin by the addition of a spring loaded stabiliser.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005.

Diagrams: Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // Online diagrams can be found on the Designs of unknown origin page of this site.

 
  Name: Boat with Sail

Description: Multiple sheet passive play origami design. Development of Sampan.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2009.

Diagrams: Kid-O-Gami - Sandy Creek - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-4351-2338-0

 
  Name: Clingons

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design. Clingons will hang from each other to form a chain.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1989.

Diagrams: As Aliens in BOM 184 June 1997 // As Clingons in Complete Origami - Collins and Brown - David Mitchell - ISBN 978-1-84340-397-5 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Easy Hens - very simple Broody Hen, Watchful Hen and Feeding Hen designs.

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design. Feeding hens will peck at the ground.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2005 but similar to earlier designs by other paperfolders.

Diagrams: Origami Animals - Greenwich Editions - David Mitchell - ISBN 1-86288-770-4 // On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Flick Flack

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design. A version of Seiryo Takekawa's Tarumpty Tum Tum (aka Tumbler). Flick Flack has added roll-back ability.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2002.

Diagrams: On-line diagrams are available on the Single Sheet Designs page of this site.

 
  Name: Kendal Flier

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design. Rubber band launched paper plane.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1990.

Diagrams: Paper Airplanes - Nick Robinson - The Apple Press - ISBN 1-85076-325-9 (drawn upside down) // As Jet Fighter in Office Origami - Adam Russ - Universe Publishing - ISBN 0-7893-1313-8 // As Supersonic in Paper Planes - David Mitchell - Collins and Brown - ISBN 1-84340-331-5. // On-line diagrams are available on the Paper Planes page of this site.

 
  Name: Noah's Ark

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design. Development of the traditional boat design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 2009

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Sampan

Description: Multiple sheet passive play origami design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1989.

Diagrams: Not yet available.

 
  Name: Sturdy Boat

Description: Single sheet passive play origami design.

Designer / Date: David Mitchell, 1987.

Diagrams: Not yet available.