Monday, 26 August 2013

Popagami Review and Giveaway

Have any of you tried to do origami before?? I know I have, my mum used to have a book full of different origami animals and items to make, I always found things far too complicated and found myself giving up half way through attempting to make something.

So when I was asked by lovely people at Popagami to review their new combo pack, I was more than a little intrigued. For those of you that haven't heard of popagami is a twist on the priginal origami, you get given popagami sheets which can be folded and inflated to create different animal characters.

The combo pack that I received included a book - The World of Popagami, Origami Animal fun and 24 popagami sheets, 2 of each animal character.


As I always found the original origami difficult, I was expecting to find popagami hard too but I was pleasantly surprised.

I love straight away that I don't need to cut my sheets of paper into squares, each sheet is already the correct size and shape so you can get making instantly.

Inside the book there are clear step by step instructions, including a key guide to show exactly what each part of the instructions mean. And as you can see from the picture above, the book also tells you what each animal is and their names, this comes in handy later on once the pop-ettes are made. There are even little suggestions in there of what you can do with your pop-ettes once made.

My 7 and 5 year olds joined in with the fun of making the animals. I did have to help them a couple of times when folding certain parts but for the most part they did it themselves and I think with practice they will be doing it independently in no time.


I think the best part of the process is watching the animals come to life. To inflate them you simply blow through the hole at the back, easy peasy.

As you can see from the picture below, practice really does make perfect. The first picture demonstrates my first attempt, I admit, I could have done better!! As you can see by the third picture I really had mastered the art of popagami.


The only thing left do was cut the ears into shape which I left Elise doing.


Once you have made the animals, it is time to play. As I said previously, the book tells you the name of each animal and this allows your children to create their own popagami world, letting their imaginations run wild. I think it would be great if they could introduce these in school as it not only helps with coordination etc when making them but it makes for a great game to play in the playground.

The fun doesn't stop once you have used up all the sheets in your pack, oh no, you can then go on to buy supplementary pop-ette packs and you can even download and print even more characters from as little as £0.20 and the lovely people at popagami are always creating so expect some new animals popping up soon.

The combo pack is available at the brilliant price of £7.99, an inventive twist on the original origami. Although more suitable for older children and adults to make, it is an activity that can involve family and friends because you get to play with them once they are created, my 3 year old was pretending she had a new pet!! I wouldn't hesistate to recommend this to others.


Giveaway Time

Popagami have kindly allowed me to give away one of their combo packs to one of my lucky readers. All you need to do to have a chance of winning is fill out the rafflecopter form below. This giveaway is open to UK residents only and will close at 11.59pm on the 14th of September 2013.

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Good Luck Everyone

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117 comments:

  1. Love Gilly the Giraffe, so would probably start there.... :)

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  2. Bob would pick the dragon, Fifi would be Cleo the Cat. Fifi has been trying origamis here lately but the paper we have is not ideal,

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  3. Paws the Bear

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  4. The Bat - my son loves them!

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  5. Vermeer the Meerkat would be number 1 choice my little girl loves all things Meerkat x

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  6. the tiger :D would give the kit to the youth club to try.

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  7. Dragon, a little welsh dragon awww

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  8. the giraffe because I love them!

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  9. Buckaroo the horse!

    Laura H

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  10. Oh, I wish I wer ein the UK so I could enter yoru giveaway. This sounds o much fun. I love all animals.

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  11. Jack the Union Flag Rabbit

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  12. Cleo the Cat - she looks like our cat Dylan!

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  13. The Bat - dd loves halloween

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  14. Ben wuold love to make the giraffe!

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  15. love them all but gilly the giraffe has to be my fave :)

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  16. as a batman fan its gotta b The Bat lol

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  17. Love the giraffe :) Thanks for linking to PoCoLo x

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  18. The giraffe for me :)

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  19. I love the look of Gilly the Giraffe :)

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  20. the cat as we love cats in our family

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  21. Gilly the Giraffe

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  22. CLEO THE CAT :)

    helen southam
    helenjsoutham@hotmail.co.uk

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  23. Gilly the Giraffe

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  24. Pam Francis Gregory8 September 2013 at 22:01

    Cleo the Cat

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  25. i like the giraffe :)

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  26. the cow!
    Helen booth

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  27. I had a look with my 2 yr old and she said Moo Cow so that's the one!

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  28. Cleo the cat.

    Rachel Craig

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  29. We love Giraffes, so it would be Gilly :)

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  30. Moochoo the cow!! Too cute ❤

    The dragons adorable too!

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  31. Cleopatra the cat x

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  32. Defo the dragon :)

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  33. Seal the otter- we have them chirping outside

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