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Posted by on Nov 1, 2012 in Miscellaneous Activities | 16 comments

Lion Origami

Last night we learned about Daniel and the lions. I found this idea on Pinterest but, for some reason, the link didn’t take me to the place I could print it out like it promised so I decided to create the lion myself. Keep that in mind as you look through the pictures. It’s not perfect but the kids didn’t seem to mind. The lion is made using the fortune teller origami design. This allows you to open and close the mouth of the lion. This activity would also be good when talking about Samson or any story involving a lion.

Lion Origami PDF

Print the pdf above on copy paper. Cut on solid line.

Allow students to color their own lion. It is a good idea to have one already colored so they can see what the different parts are. For instance, the tongue looks nothing like a tongue until it is folded.

Fold in half on the diagonal.

Fold in half again on the diagonal.

Open up and turn with colored side facing down.

Fold one corner so that the tip meets exactly in the center.

Do the same with the next corner…

And the next…

And the next.

Turn over so colored side is facing down.

Fold corner in so the tip meets in the center (just like you did before).

Do the same with the next corner…

and the next…

and the next.

Fold in half horizontally then open up and…

fold in half horizontally the other way.

Insert thumb and finger under flaps.

Do the same with the other side using the other hand. I’m using one hand here because the other hand is working the camera. This is not the recommended way to work the lion. Use both hands.

If you need to you can fill in any white spaces with marker. Sometimes the copier doesn’t print exactly right or the folds weren’t made accurate or my drawing may be off a little.

Now you can open and close the lion’s mouth as you talk about God closing the lions’ mouths for Daniel.


  1. Love this idea. I did cut off 2 sides to square it up. We only colored the lion and his tongue. Then I put numbers on the inside so that they could actually use it. Inside there is a question under each number and below that the answer. I plan to let them use it to ask each other questions. I am mixing up the questions so no 2 will be exactly alike.

    • What a great way to make it more of a review activity…especially for older children.

    • whre did you write the questions and answers?

    • What a fun activity! We copied “Trust in the Lord with all your heart.” Proverbs 3:5 onto the master. The finished product then shows either the fierce teeth or the verse. Thanks again for sharing!!

      • I would love to see a picture!

  2. It’s super and fun and to make children more interesting….plz do share more ideas like this….thanks for sharing….

  3. Prints out fine for me….thank you so much for including this file!

  4. Just what I need for Vacation Bible Camp craft. Thanks

  5. I copied this for my Sunday School class to make for the story of Daniel and the Lions den. Unfortunately it didn’t line up as a square and we couldn’t really make them work well. The kids love these and were a little disappointed because they didn’t work that well. We just did one for Halloween and it was fun. I tried to redo it but can’t get to come out so that I could use it again sometime. But It is an awesome idea!

    • I had the same problem, but figured out that you had to make sure that the paper is square. There was a faint line up the side of the paper on one side. So I cut that much off on both sides and it worked well.

  6. I like this because the lion is FIERCE!!!

  7. Thank you so much! This is perfect for our 2nd graders!

  8. Thank you SO much! Love this!

  9. How cute! Thanks for sharing this.


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