Easy Origami Hopping Frogs

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

I have no clue how long paper hopping frogs has been a thing, but as long as origami has been around I’d think quite some time. I remember tearing out a piece of notebook paper and folding to get a square shape. And if you didn’t have scissors your next step was to run your tongue along the folds so that the paper would tear right apart. So gross! So handy!

The goal was to have the frog that would hop the highest. I found that the best hoppers were ones made out of paper that was a bit more stiff. They were far more difficult to fold but dang if they didn’t win just about every bout!

If your kiddos don’t know the joy that is an easy origami hopping frog, here is a refresher so that you can share it with them!

For this project you will need:

  • origami paper, or other square pieces of paper

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Turn your paper pretty side down and to where it looks like a square.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Fold the paper up in half and unfold. Flip 90 degrees and fold up half again. When done there will be a plus sign shaped fold right in the center of the paper.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Keeping the pretty side down, fold each of the corners inward to the intersection of your two folds.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Fold all corners inward and you’ll have a smaller square shape. Turn it 45 degrees so it is the shape of a diamond instead of a square.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Take the right corner and fold so that the side runs even with the center line.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Continue for the left side. Your shape should like like this at this point.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Fold the bottom portion up to form a triangle. Keep the triangle’s edge as even with the line created by the two folds above.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Taking the bottom right corner and fold it in to the center.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

And again for the other side. See how the left and right side are triangles? And how the top points if connected across would make a line at the bottom of an upper triangle?

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Fold the bottom up to that line at the bottom of the upper triangle.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Fold the piece back on itself to the bottom.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

This creates a springboard shape that will cause or frogs to hop.

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Not all frogs have to be green! The kids can fold out of any color and just about any paper, though really stiff paper tends to be hard to fold and construction paper tends to crack when folded. You can use printer paper, notebook paper or origami papers you can purchase at the hobby store. The frogs can also be decorated with markers or glitter or googly eyes!

Remember paper hopping frogs? All it takes is a square piece of paper for these super fun and easy little origami toys!

Help the kids make a whole army. Literally! A group of frogs is called an army – fun fact for today! And you can make them anywhere. These guys were whipped out in a waiting room. One lucky little boy got his first ever hopping paper frog and the smile he gave me was awesome!