Later, our friend Lyndsay got Katie some origami books and paper as a gift and Katie was plain giddy.
The problem: I pretty much suck at origami. Katie wanted to make things like an elephant that involved 40+ steps and I was at a loss.
We checked out some new books at the library that looked like they might be more promising for two uber-novices.
I attempted the first project in the "Origami for ages 4 and up" book... and FAILED.
The books sat around until Katie found a DVD in the Trash Origami book (awesome concept by the way).
And, it was like (heavenly) "Ahhhhh!"
I set her up on my computer and she was off to the origami races.
Katie and her fleet of jumping frogs
So, in the end the key was not to get an easier book for mom, it was simply to bypass mom altogether.