You will need
- Coloured pens or pencils
- Access to a computer
- A4 paper
Before you begin
- This is a great activity to run during an online session. Check out the advice on using Zoom and other popular digital platforms and the guidance on being safe online.
- For younger sections, email everyone’s parents and carers and explain that they may need to help their young person with this activity. Send them a copy of the ‘Illustrated instructions’ or a link to this activity and ask them to print a copy or have the webpage open.
- Make sure everyone has a square piece of paper before you get stuck in. They’ll also need a pair of scissors, and some coloured pens or pencils. You’ll need paper and scissors too so you can show everyone what to do.
Run the activity
- The person leading the game should welcome everyone to the meeting and ask them to mute themselves.
- Everyone should make a square from their piece of paper – it should be at least 15cm on each side so it‘s not too tricky to fold.
- The person leading the activity should show everyone how to fold their piece of paper to make the uniform. They should remind everyone that they can look at their sheet or webpage to help them.
- Everyone should decorate their shirts. They could copy a uniform from a different country or section or use their imagination to design their own.
- Everyone should take it in turns to hold their shirt up to the camera so everyone can see what they created.
How to fold
- Fold the paper in half horizontally and then vertically, then unfold it. There should be a slight cross-shaped crease in the paper.
- Fold the bottom of the paper up to within one centimetre from the top. Then turn the paper over.
- Fold the sides of the paper into the middle so they overlap slightly.
- Fold the top flaps back on each side to make two right-angled triangles (or lapel shapes). The narrowest points should be at the bottom, in the middle of your creation.
- Fold the strip of unfolded paper at the top down and tuck it behind the right-angled triangles. Then turn your creation over. The right-angled triangles should stick out so they look like sleeves.
- With scissors, carefully cut down the crease that runs from the centre top to bottom. The cut doesn’t need to be long – just enough to make a hole that looks like the neckline.
- Fold the paper either side of the cut down to make a shape that looks like a collar.
People in Japan have been doing origami for many hundreds of years. It’s a traditional pastime that is said to relieve stress, though it can be difficult to master the complex designs. How did this activity make people feel? Maybe it felt frustrating when a design wouldn’t go right, exciting when someone mastered a tricky fold, or calming to repeat the process for a second time. Did anyone have to try, try again when the paper crumpled or tore? What kind of instructions do people find easiest to follow: written instructions, pictures, diagrams, or videos? How would people show others how to do it?
- Phones and cameras
Make sure parents and carers are aware and have given consent for photography.
Supervise young people appropriately when they’re using scissors. Store all sharp objects securely, out of the reach of young people.
- Online safety
Supervise young people when they’re online and give them advice about staying safe.
For more support around online safety or bullying, check out the NSPCC website. If you want to know more about specific social networks and games, Childnet has information and safety tips for apps. You can also report anything that’s worried you online to the Child Exploitation and Online Protection command.
As always, if you’ve got concerns about a young person’s welfare (including their online experiences), follow the Yellow Card reporting processes.
Make it accessible
All Scout activities should be inclusive and accessible.