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How To Make A Paper Fortune Teller

Posted by  ·  June 11, 2019  ·  Last Updated: June 11, 2019

If you have ever wondered how to make a paper fortune teller, you have come to the right place! This clever paper fortune teller, a.k.a. cootie catcher, will get the kids doing chores!

You might also like this wedding theme paper fortune teller with activities to keep kids busy at a wedding or this inspirational fortune teller.

Paper Fortune Teller

As a kid, I always looked forward to summer: no school, no homework. I could do all those things I didn’t have time for during the school year. Inevitably about 2-3 weeks into the summer break, I would get lazy and bored and forget all the things I had planned on doing during the school year. I could never decide what to do, which usually meant my parents would suggest cleaning my room, pulling weeds, scooping the dog poop or something else equally industrious and uninteresting.

I’m definitely not saying that my childhood summers were full of just boredom and chores. I am saying, however, that it would’ve been nice if I had had a magical fortune teller to tell me what fun things I should do to avoid the summer doldrums. If you or your children can relate in any way to the story above, I have the perfect solution for you!

FREE Printable Fortune Teller Paper

Download the handy, dandy super decision-y summer paper fortune teller! Available exclusively at Skip to my Lou for 5 easy payments of ZERO dollars! 😉

how to make paper fortune teller

How to make a paper fortune teller

All you have to do is download, print, cut & fold! These step-by-step instructions will walk you through how to make your origami fortune teller using a single square piece of paper and some diagonal folds.

step by step illustrated instructions

Paper Fortune Teller Game

Once you’ve made your handy dandy summer fortune teller, play the fortune telling the game to figure out what activity you should do next.

Here’s how you play the game:

  1. have someone select a color and a direction to pull the fortune teller
  2. spell out the color while pulling the fortune teller opposite directions with each letter
  3. have someone choose a number and a direction
  4. count to the chosen number while pulling the fortune teller opposite directions with each number
  5. have someone choose another number
  6. open the tab & do what it says
paper fortune teller game

If you’d like to customize your options, check out the second page of the fortune teller PDF – it has a fill-in-the-blank version. It’s the perfect activity decision-maker for any time of year! Click the button below to download:

For more tutorials and printables, please visit www.melissaesplin.com. This tutorial is free for personal use and should not be distributed without the author’s consent.

For more kids crafts, you should try making this scratch art, slime, play dough and oobleck. Your kids will be amazed with all the kinetic fun! Never be bored again with these fun kids crafts!

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  1. kendell
    Friday, June 14th, 2019
    Thanks for sharing - the printables is really appreciated
  2. Subtle Rice
    Saturday, January 19th, 2019
    Such a memorable childhood game!
    I remember folding this origami pretend to be predicting the future for friends.
  3. David
    Monday, July 24th, 2017
    Thank you for supplying this fantastic activity. This has been a fun thing for me to do with young ESL learners. "Make a sentence with a past tense verb," was one of the ones that we wrote ourselves. Thank you, again.
  4. Wednesday, July 18th, 2012
    we need to get people in to this
  5. Niki
    Wednesday, August 3rd, 2011
    Hi.. you make me very happy with this post.. I print it and play with my girls.. remembering shcool years..

    By the way.. I try to post it to facebook ( for my girlfriends) with your Facebook button, but it came up with no picture..

    thanks anyway :)))
  6. RabbitGravity
    Tuesday, July 26th, 2011
    Oh my goodness!!! I remember those! I used to make them and I have been trying to remember how to make them for the past week. It has been doing my head in. Of course they weren't as pretty... brilliant. Thanks
  7. Friday, June 24th, 2011
    So cute! we just had an origami party! it was a great summer bordom buster!!!!! http://dailythoughtsonmytots.blogspot.com/2011/06/summer-bucket-list-series-origami-party.html
  8. Wednesday, April 27th, 2011
    I remember playing this as a child. I think that it is cool to play as an adult. I just shared this post with my facebook friends:)
  9. Shirley
    Tuesday, March 15th, 2011
    This is too cute! Thanks! I can't wait to share it with my grandchildren!
  10. Thursday, July 1st, 2010
    Nice!!! Thanks for sharing.
    Watch this http://traktatie.blogspot.com/2010/05/vouwwerkje.html
  11. Saturday, June 26th, 2010
    My daughter loooooooooooooooooooves these. I will be doing this with her today!! I really love your blog (sorry that I have yet to comment!). I just linked your post (and blog) regarding the "I'm bored" jar on my latest blog post. And I used your recipe card generator to make invitations for her upcoming cooking birthday party. And...last but not least, my sister-in-law (who introduced me to your blog) is sewing the chef hats and aprons that you posted a while back for the party. So, as you can see, your blog has inspired LOTS of creativity in the very short time period that I've been following. Thank you!!
  12. Alice
    Friday, June 25th, 2010
    Oh I remember this from when I was a young girl a long time ago. It would be great to make them once again and play a game with the grandchildren. You have certainly sparked my creativity with this post.
  13. Friday, June 25th, 2010
    I love this. I remember making these as a kid all the time- but not nearly so cute! Thank you for the download! I know what my daughter is doing this afternoon!
  14. Friday, June 25th, 2010
    I used to make these by the dozens back in the school days! My girls love them now! Great tutorial, and creative spin on the classic! Several years ago, my friend and I made an elegant version for her wedding reception table to create an ice-breaker. Such a versatile little spin on origami! Have a great weekend! Jenn
  15. Friday, June 25th, 2010
    Cool! Thanks for sharing.