Discover the Fastest Way to Fold
One Thousand Cranes
We hope that "Pieces 'n Creases" has inspired you, your family, your school, or any other community group to
participate in the International 1000 Cranes Peace Project by folding 1000 cranes
for Sadako. Thanks to Mrs. Eanes, our school librarian, we have an
activity that we would like for you to try. She gave us the idea to create an experiment
to determine if we could produce not only more cranes, but a better quality crane, in a given amount of time by working
as a team in a "folding line" much like a factory's assembly line.
Purpose: To determine if the project to
fold 1000 cranes can be completed quicker and result in a better product using
an "assembly line" method compared to teams of individuals making the
At least 100 sheets of square paper per team
- Divide into three teams of 6 people each.
(Team members must be experienced in each phase of folding the
crane from memory.)
- Once each team member has mastered folding the crane, they
will be assigned a definite step in the folding of
The steps referred to below
can be seen in the thumbnail.
- Each team will be timed for 15 minutes folding the crane using the "assembly line approach".
The number of completed cranes in 15 minutes will be recorded by each
For another 15 minute period, each team will again fold cranes. But,
this time each team member will fold as many complete cranes as they
can in 15 minutes by themselves. The total number of cranes will be
recorded for the team.
- Next, the teams will compare the quality and quantity of work
they were able to produce in each 15 minute period.
- The overall comparison will then allow them to determine which method
is best in folding 1000 cranes.
- Submit us your results so that
we can post and share this information with others.
These jobs will be needed:
Team Member #1 - Completes steps 1-3.
Team Member #2 - Completes steps 4-6.
Team Member #3 - Completes steps 7-8.
Team Member #4 - Completes steps 9-11.
Team Member #5 - Completes steps 12-13.
Member #6/Product Manager-Oversees the "folding line" and keeps things
moving and checks the quality of each finished crane.