Fold an Origami Wolf Head

I remember having this ridiculous amount of pride in the fact my elementary school was the Oakwood Eagles  (Yet, i couldn’t tell you my Jr High Mascot and my high school mascot was the Trojans –you can imagine the jokes on that one).  The eagles were on the cover of the yearbook.  The eagles were on those year end track meet jerseys we only wore one time (they were saved each year and reused –unlike today but that’s another blog post).  It’s completely crazy to think I was loyal to the Eagles, when it was elementary school.  We didn’t have a football team, we didn’t have a basketball team.  We had a once yearly track meet and a 6th graders vs teachers volleyball game.  So naturally I was excited when my children’s school (combo elementary and middle school)  chose a mascot –The Wolf!

The kids had a contest to name the wolf.  My daughter’s suggestion was in the top 5 but lost out to “Koda”.  (she wasn’t too sad, but that free-dress day award would have been nice).  There was a logo for kids to put on their shirts (they went to a school with standardized dress–so not-quite uniforms).  I coached the the XC team and our slogan was “We run as a pack”–I always particularly loved that slogan as it promoted teamwork in a very individualized sport.  The school had a wolf face gesture –used to request quiet and attention.  It goes to follow I began folding a wolf head.

This model was an easy one for me.  It’s been around forever and I learned it back when I was in high school.  But all the same I got to feel just a bit more a part of the school spirit by folding one.  Plus the kids could hold it in the wolf head hand gesture if they wanted –double spirit right?  Even if you don’t have a wolf for a school mascot you can fold this for the fun of it being a motion origami.

Motion Origami:  paper folded such that a portion can be moved to indicate action by the model

The origami wolf head is motion origami because if you hold it between your forefinger and thumb you can open and close the mouth.  This is an especially entertaining origami for young kids.  Though a cootie catcher is better when the kids are preschool and not coordinated enough to understand the mouth doesn’t open completely or close completely.

My son even learned to fold this one for his school.  I think for him that was getting in the school spirit.  There is something about coming together as a community under a banner of your mascot.  Helps you feel a part of something.  Especially when you learn things like my kid’s school chose Wolf because it represents wisdom and strength.

Did your school mascot mean something to you?

 

Annette Barney
I live in the mountains of Utah. Yes, I am also a member of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints I love hot pink, XC skiing, running, hot chocolate, yoga, romance novels,traveling for fun, volunteering and, of course, origami. I am a woman, a mom, a wife and a daughter of God. I believe that everything tastes better with a little bacon or a little chocolate but not both.

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