I came up with the origami idea for PreK Art Lunch last week, when we made our crocodiles. The croc bodies were folded accordion-style, and I mentioned to the girls that that's how you would make a fan. They seemed really interested in making fans, but by the time our scheduled project was done, we were out of time.
So this week, we read "Yoko's Paper Cranes" by Rosemary Wells (the creator of Max and Ruby). In it, Yoko learned how to make origami paper cranes from her grandfather in Japan. Wben Yoko moved to California with her parents, she made some cranes on her own and mailed them to her grandparents.
Cranes were a bit too complex for our class, so we made fans and hats instead.