An elaborately decorated fortune tellerCredit: Paul Blais | License: My Own Photo
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Make a Paper Fortune Teller – Origami
A fortune teller is also called a cootie catcher, chatterbox, salt cellar, whirlybird, or paku-paku is an origami toy that children absolutely love to play with. It’s very easy to make and children can use their imagination to think of what fortunes to write.
Parts of the fortune teller are labelled with colors or numbers that serve as options for a player to choose from, and on the inside are eight flaps, each concealing a message. The person operating the fortune teller manipulates the device based on the choices made by the player, and finally one of the hidden messages is revealed. These messages may purport to answer questions (hence the name) or they may be activities that the player must perform.
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Colored paper usually used for crafts. Available at all craft stores and some department stores.
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Pick a theme
Before you create your fortune teller, you will want to think about what theme it will be? What type of questions do you want people to ask you?
Things to do before you get started.
Get together the materials you will need. Paper, Scissors. You may want to get colored paper to add some flare.Add/Edit Before
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Wait to see if your fortune comes true.Add/Edit Before