Fortune Tellers

Fortune Tellers

You can call them fortune tellers, cootie catchers, chatterbox, or a whirlybirds. Whatever you call them, they’re a excellent activity for kids that exercises:

Writing abilities: This one’s pretty self explanatory.
Fine Motor: Folding, cutting, and opening and closing once it’s assembled.
3D Thinking: They’re using folds to turn a 2D object into a 3D one.
Interpersonal abilities: They’ll need to find someone to play this with.
Creativity: they get to come up with the fortunes. The more creative the more joy!

This is a fine activity for kids who typically balk or stall when it comes to writing. When given the freedom to write whatever they want and the promise of playing a game afterward, you may be astonished just how independent they can be.

What they’ll need:
– A lump of paper. Stay away from thick paper. It doesn’t work well.
– Scissors
– Pencil or colored pencils

Step one
Make a square by folding one corner of the paper over and lining it up against the edge. Cut off the excess paper.

Step two
Fold each corner into the middle. You should end up with another square.

Step three
Spin the paper over. Now fold each corner into the middle.

This is what it should look like when you’re finished.

Step four
Fold the square in half in one direction (into a rectangle). Open it up and fold it in the other direction. Place your fingers in the open triangles on the underside of the paper then pinch the paper together.

Step Five
Now write numbers on each of the triangles. You’ll use these to count how many times you open and close the fortune teller.

Step 6
Lift up each triangle and write a fortune underneath. You can make them all good or some good and some bad. The sillier, the better however.

Step 7
Now play! Have a friend (or family member) chose a number. Open and close the fortune teller that many times. Have them chose a number again. Lift up the flap with the corresponding number and read his/her fortune. Was it a good one?

Wondering what to write? Here are some fortunes to get you began:

You will come in a pie eating contest and win.
You will come in a marshmallow eating contest and lose.
You will toot unexpectedly.
You will have broccoli for breakfast.
You will find treasure in an unusual location.
You will bring back the space program.
You will have a comic book hero character named after you.
You will check out a library book and leave behind to comeback it on time.
You will be successful at whatever you do.
You will find a dollar, but lose it later.

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Fortune Tellers

You can call them fortune tellers, cootie catchers, chatterbox, or a whirlybirds. Whatever you call them, they’re a excellent activity for kids that exercises:

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