Origami is an ancient art, which is very popular among children as well as adults. Despite of having fun from this good pass time/hobby, origami has some benefits in skill development.
Origami can be used for skill development by educators, teachers, Psychologists, Physicians, Parents for educational, developmental, and therapeutic aspects. Origami is good for any age: from kids, those who start learning all by themselves, to persons of mature years who don't stop developing their own individuality.
What is happening when we are doing origami?
Your hands are made active, they give impulses to your brain, and activate your left and right hemispheres. Tactile, motor and visual brain's zones are made very active.
Your emotions are painted with joy, satisfaction, and pride in your own work. They broaden your emotional self-image.
Your memory, non-verbal thinking, attention, 3D-comp-rehension, imagination are working hard.
"Oriland.com" has described 10 reasons to be involved in origami:
1. Development of fine 'motor skills' of both hands.
2. Development of intellectual abilities.
3. Development of creative abilities.
4. Activation of the Right and Left hemispheres of the brain.
5. Development of imagination.
6. Development of attention.
7. Development of memory.
8. Development of patience.
9. Emotional and aesthetic experiences.
10. Joy, satisfaction and pride in your own work!
Source link: 10 Reasons to be involved in Origami
Where to learn origami?
You can find many books from internet, but to start learning there are many sites, which provide free stuff.
Go to the article: learn origami
HOW ORIGAMI HELPS TO DEVELOP CHILDREN
Scientific proof how origami helps to develop skills:
Ph.D. thesis by Katrin and Yuri Shumakov
Left Brain and Right Brain at Origami Training
* More reading: ORIGAMI BENEFITS
* Learn origami at the internet!
* Useful links and resources for paper crafts!