How to Make a Cootie Catcher / Fortune Teller

Introduction: How to Make a Cootie Catcher / Fortune Teller

About: Hi everyone! Here I have posted some of the instructions from our project ‘Kirigami for Kids’. The idea behind this project was to simplify the steps of classic paper cutting and folding activit...


1. Find a friend and ask them to think of a question to ask the fortune teller. Such as, “will I pass my test”?

2. Now get them to pick a colour written on one of the sides. Spell out the colour they have chosen, moving the fortune teller side to side in time with each letter in that word.

3. Open the fortune teller to reveal the numbers and ask them to pick one. Count out the number they have chosen by moving the corners in and out and side to side.

4. Ask them to pick another number and reveal their answer written under that flap.

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    8 years ago on Introduction

    These things were a torment to every boy in elementary school (in the US at least). The girls would have two sets of fortunes, good and bad, and they would know how to work it. If I chose "purple" then "4", I got "Your hair will fall out and you will die alone." If a girl chose "purple" then "4", she got "Your life will be full of happiness, and free of that last guy!"


    Reply 3 years ago

    LOLROTF. Oh mrmath-sorry for laughing, but that really is a funny story. I could never make those things, it was like you had to belong to a secret society of the "cool girls". xxoo mrmath. (rogain wasn't invented back then) ;)


    cartman from south park would love to get his hands on this. they faked butters death and made him a crossdresser to obtain one of these devices. lol!