The Japanese word "origami" is a compound of two smaller Japanese words: "ori", meaning to fold, and "kami", meaning paper.
The founder of Kindergartens, Friedrich Fröbel, recognised that paper cutting and folding was a good teaching aid for childrens development in the early 19th century.
As the kindergarten system spread throughout Europe and into the wider world, it brought with it the small colored squares that we know of today as origami paper.
Now Ingvi and Tinna from Dottir & Sonur have designed this delightfully bright & mildly retro wallpaper
celebrating the age-old craft.
available from Just Kids Wallpaper
The Origami Club has a huge selection of Origami instructions which you can print out to keep your little one (and yourself) entertained for hours.
Here are a couple...
Both these diagrams are from the Origami Club