From now until April 25th Osh Kosh B’Gosh will send an article of clothing to the children of Japan for every origami crane you make. See the details here.
The Origami Crane
Waiting for the science show
in the room down the hall,
lights off, door
closed and pulled window shades,
the single black and white T.V.
perched high in the left front corner,
the origami crane
couldn’t fly. “Let me see it,”
he whispered right before it
crashed to the floor
on the gray speckled tile
between our desks
lined into neat rows and columns.
Mrs. Huff’s perfect 5th grade class
was silent and still
except for the fallen crane
poised beside my desk
like a monumental asteroid from outer space
shouting “Here I am!”
The steel cold voice,
like a doomsday toll,
barked “Who’s is this?”
Guilty, accused and sentenced, I trudged to the back of the room,
and stood with arms
limp at my sides
pressed into the corner
of painted concrete
tears crawling down my face,
splashing onto the floor,
the science show
murmuring in the background.
Post Addendum — You may also be able to help here – A Thousand Cranes
15 thoughts on “Cranes for kids”
There is actually a day calendar available (at Indigo in Canada) with origami for every day of the year. It’s about 5×5 inches.
You know, I think we had one of those years ago when our sons were interested in origami. They made some pretty cool stuff.
I got over it. Eventually. At least I think I did.
Okay, I know I’m supposed to be “on vacation” for today, but I had to say thank you for posting this. We made 1000 cranes for our wedding (with the help of others) I think we will be able to make several for kids.
Thanks for clearing up my memory fog. I knew I had read about someone making a bunch of cranes somewhere recently. It was you!
Where are the instructions to make one of those cranes?
Just click on the link “See the details here” above the picture.
They have a regular and an easy children’s version.
I sent my crane in too! 😉
I like your poem…oh does it remind me of the many times I got busted for passing notes in class…or doodling on my papers.
Thank you so much for sharing a link to 1000 cranes!
Thanks for spreading the word.
thank you and what a great idea!!!
I folded 1000 cranes once for an origami exhibit I did for the UCONN library. It took me quite a while! Now I use them to decorate my Christmas tree…
So, now I can practically fold them in my sleep. I’ll have to send one in.
Cool idea, and so appropriate. Will have to try this. 🙂