Origami DNA

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In this activity, learners create an origami model of DNA, demonstrating its double helix structure. Two templates are available as PDFs: a standard template with the base pairs already colored or a blank template where the learners have to color the four bases A, C, T and G and mark them in the correct location on the template.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 18

Resource Types:
Activity, Lesson/Lesson Plan, Model


Materials List (per student)

  • one template
  • one instruction sheet
  • markers/crayons (optional)


  • Life Sciences
    • Heredity and Genetics
      • DNA Structure and Function

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Model Building


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access


  • Bateman, Alex ; Deshpande, Preeti