Celebrate Children’s Day in Japan!

Welcome to Day 8!

Today is Children's Day in Japan. Children’s Day is a Japanese national holiday which takes place annually on May 5 and is the final day of celebration in their Golden Week. It is a day set aside to respect children's personalities and to celebrate their happiness. It was designated a national holiday by the Japanese government in 1948. To mark this special occasion, we will learn to make origami butterflies. 


  1. Fold your paper in half to create a mountain fold, open out and fold in half again this time the opposite way.
  2. Open out and fold along both diagonals making two more mountain folds.
  3. Fold the center folds in and collapse in to make a triangle.
  4. Fold the top layer of both corners up to meet in the center.
  5. Flip it over and lift the bottom corner up. You want to fold it past the top edge, so the tip of the triangle extends over the top. Flatten the center, but not the edges of the crease.
  6. Fold the tip of the triangle over and crease. If you're using anything thicker than origami paper you may need to use a little glue to hold this flap down,
  7. To finish, fold the butterfly in half to help shape it. All you have to do now is find a place to display your origami butterfly and enjoy.

The City of St. Albert has worked with content developers to provide creative prompts that align with provincial public health measures, and guidance to protect the health system and the community by slowing the spread of COVID-19.

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Last edited: May 5, 2021