Do you remember playing with them as a child? You fit your first two
fingers into the pockets and then children take turns picking from what they
can see. If they pick a four on the outside, then open and close it
four times. Look inside and pick a color. Then open and close it
for each letter in the color. Look inside again and pick a
color. This time, open it up to see what the fortune is underneath.
The children can color the squares, draw pictures, or decorate it any way
One sheet of folded paper can keep kids busy for hours!
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These directions look complicated, but it
is quite easy to make (just difficult to describe!).
Start with a square piece of paper. (Use a
standard sheet of paper. Take a bottom corner and diagonal fold it
across to the opposite side of the page. Cut off the 2.5 inch strip at
the top of the page to create an 8.5 x 8.5 sheet of paper)
Fold the paper along the diagonal and crease.
Then open it back up. Fold along the opposite diagonal and crease.
Open it back up. Fold the paper in half along a straight edge and
crease. Open it back up. Turn the paper 1/4 (90 degrees) and fold in
half again, and crease. Open it back up. You should have a flat piece
of paper with the creases forming a star in the center of the page.
Take one corner and fold it in to the center of
star. Repeat with each corner. When you are done, you will have a six
inch square, with four open flaps on the top.
Flip the piece of paper over. Take one corner and
fold it in to the center of star. Repeat with each corner. Your square
will now be about four inches on each side, with four flaps.
Flip the paper over so that the top side has
square flaps. Fold the paper in half along a straight edge and crease.
Open it back up. Turn the paper 1/4 (90 degrees) and fold in half
again, and crease. Open it back up.
Put your thumb and index finger on your right
hand under the two square flaps on the right hand side. Put your thumb
and index finger on your left hand under the two square flaps on the
left hand side. As you pinch your finger tips together, the fortune
teller will take shape.
At this point you can write numbers, colors, or letters
on the flaps and fortunes under the flip up pieces.
To work the fortune teller, put your fingers back
in the flaps. Pinch your thumb and index fingers together, then gently
pull apart to open the center. Then bring the four fingers back
together. Pinch together the two index fingers and the two thumbs.
Gently pull apart to open the center.
This will work with any size square sheet of paper.
These instructions use an 8.5 inch square so that other measurements can
be used as guidelines in the instructions.
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