The technique of origami, in any case, in its classical version, does not imply that the paper is cut and joined with glue. Paper sheets, most often square in shape, are folded in such a way that the friction in the folds keeps the figure assembled, preventing it from falling apart.
In the case of origami, its “modular” variety deserves special attention, since it is best applied to the creation of polyhedra. In modular origami, several sheets of paper are used in the folding process. The number of such sheets can be very large and depends on the number of modules in the design of the assembled figure. A peculiar embodiment of the very principle of modular origami is the Sonobe module, which is a parallelogram folded from a square sheet with two pockets for connecting it with similar modules.
The variety of spatial bodies created on the basis of the Sonobe module is infinitely large, but they all consist of one element, leading to the uniformity of the surfaces forming the figure.
Each technique has its limitations and one cannot say about the definite advantage of one of them.
However, as an obvious one, continuing the comparison of origami with the set “Magic Edges”, we can note that, in the case of origami, due to multiple folds, it is difficult to work with thick paper. True, the origami technique does not require the use of glue in the work and, therefore, does not put us in front of the difficulty in choosing the latter. But, on the other hand, origami implies an independent search for suitable paper, as well as the choice of schemes, mastering the most complex and interesting of which will require considerable time and certain skills.
This suggests the conclusion that a greater cognitive effect can be extracted from the set of “Magic Edges”, which supplies information in a systematic way. We are dealing with an excellent means of educating spatial thinking, able to simultaneously strengthen the relationship with the child during your joint creative development of the proposed material!
Text writer: Ivchenko A.V.