## Origami: How to fold a Graphic Symbol (＋,－,÷,＝)

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Do you like math?

You see so many **symbols** when you calculating, right?★

Today, I’ll show you how to fold symbols for math;

**＋、－、÷、＝ **with origami paper!

You can use completed ones when you study math too!♪

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## How to fold the symbol ‘+’ (add)

The first thing you learn

in the math class of the elementary school is adding up figures.

Let’s make this symbol, **＋**, which is used in adding up.

It’s very easy to fold!★

1. Fold it in half twice along the dotted lines to make creases.

2. Fold all the corners towards the middle, leaving some space in the middle.

3. You see a cross, right? Turn it over and…

4. and fold both sides to the middle, along the dotted lines.

5. Fold both sides to the middle, along the dotted lines.

6. Turn it over and…

7. it’s done!

If you move it diagonally, it will also be **×（multiply）****.**

It can be a bad mark too!★

## How to fold the symbol ‘－’ (subtracts)

Next, we’ll make the symbol for subtractions; **－** .

It’s very easy to make too!♪

1. Fold it in half twice along the dotted lines and make creases.

2. Fold both sides to the middle along the dotted lines and make creases.

3. Fold both sides along the dotted lines, which are a little towards each edge.

4. Turn it over.

5. Fold all sides towards the middle.

6. Turn it over and…

7. it’s done!

It was so quick, right?

If you want it to be smaller,

**adjust **the side by using the smaller sized origami paper!♥

## How to fold the symbol ‘÷’ (divide)

Next, we will make this symbol for **division**.

Are you curious about how to make the dots?

It’s not that hard to make them!★

1. Fold it in half along the dotted line to make a crease.

2. Open it up and fold it in half for the other side.

3. Fold both corners up along the dotted lines to make two triangles.

4. Fold both sides toward the middle, along the dotted lines.

5. Fold them along the dotted lines to make creases.

6. Fold the bottom corners along the dotted lines to make triangles.

7. Fold the top corners along the dotted lines to make triangles.

8. Fold the top side behind along the dotted line.

9. Fold both sides behind along the dotted lines.

10. Change the direction and it’s done!

If you see it from a distance, it’s clearly **‘÷’**, right?

You’ve made a variety of calculation symbols now!♪

## How to fold the symbol ‘÷’ (equal)

It’s necessary to use** ‘＝’ **in any kind of calculations.

Let’s give it a try!★

1. Fold it in half to make a crease.

2. Open it up and fold it in half again for the opposite side.

3. Fold both corners to make two triangles.

4. Put them back and fold both sides along the dotted lines.

5. Fold the right side behind along the dotted line.

6. Fold both sides behind along the dotted lines.

7. And it’s done!

Why don’t you write figures on the paper in advance

and put these **calculating symbols **between them and try to solve?♪

You can also fold figures with origami paper and enjoy practicing too!♥

【Translated by Kana Toda PIERCE】

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