A fun game to play using paper is an paper fortune teller. Also known as cootie catcher, this is an origami piece where you can predict someone’s future by shuffling the paper. It is very easy to make, and once finished, you will need a pen or pencil to write on the paper.
Fold the square base of the paper fortune teller
To make this paper fortune teller, get a square piece of paper. Fold and unfold the diagonal lines as shown.
The second step is to bring all the 4 corners to the center. The center is where the diagonal crease lines made in step 1 meet each other.
Flip the origami piece to the other side.
Fold all the four corners to the center of the paper.
Horizontally and vertically fold the origami piece in half. Crease it well and then unfold.
Write the numbers and fortune
Assign and write each segment numbers 1-8.
Open up each flap and write a fortune(x) in each segment.
Flip the origami paper over. Assign a color and write it down on each segment then turn it over.
Shape it into a paper fortune teller
Once you have written the numbers and fortunes, flip it over. Fold the origami paper in half.
Slightly push the 4 corners of the origami paper to the middle.
The paper fortune teller is done!
- If the paper your using is a single sided colored paper, face the colored side down first before folding.
- To use this paper fortune teller in a game, insert the thumb and index finger of both hands in the four pockets at the bottom. Then, alternately pinch and pull the origami piece.
- No one wants to be a harbinger of bad news. Please take into consideration on what fortune you will write. Please don't put anything negative that can ruin one's day. This paper craft is just for fun. Something that can be enjoyed by both kids and adults!
- Examples of good fortunes that may brighten someone's day: You will have many friends. Do a good deed today, Someone will call you today, You will be successful in your work, You will be sharing great news with all the people you love and many more
- You could do a lot of with this cootie catcher. See examples below:
- Turn it into a magic 8 ball. Instead of fortunes, write yes, no, definitely or perhaps.
- Write fun questions instead of fortunes. This would make an awesome ice-breaker at any party or event.