Friday, October 9, 2009

The fortune teller

What we did today blew the LGBB's mind.

It took me back to sitting at my little wooden primary school desk and having the girl in front turn around with one of these and saying "Pick a colour!" or "Pick a boy's name!" and I'd never pick the name of the boy I reeeeally liked. 'Cos, like, that would've been just so, like, obvious.

Remember these?

Lolly helped me number it and write the words, then I stuck little stickers under each flap (instead of writing her "fortune" or prediction, like "Cameron is going to give you a wet willy sometime today").

She is besotted with it and keeps demanding that I "pick a cullah!" And the gasp I heard when I showed her how her fingers could open up the other way to reveal a whole new lot of numbers was just priceless.

Origami Fortune Teller

Did you ever want to see into the future? Make an origami fortune teller, and you can find out what the future holds for you and your friends! Here's how to do it:

1. Start with an 8 1/2 X 11 piece of paper. To make it perfectly square, fold one short edge up to one long edge and make a crease. Cut off excess and unfold.

2. Fold the opposite corners together to make a second crease and unfold. You will now have a square piece of paper with diagonal creases going from corner to corner.

3. Fold each corner to the center and turn over.

4. Fold the new corners to the center. Do not turn over.

5. Fold the square in half from edge to edge in both directions.

6. Turn square over and put thumbs and forefingers under each flap and bring fingers together toward middle.

7. Now write a color on each outside flap, and a number on each inside triangle. You will have four colors and eight numbers. Finally, write a fortune behind each number on each innermost triangle. Voila! Your origami fortune teller is complete!

How to Play the Game:
  1. Hold the fortune teller and ask a friend to choose one of the colors shown.
  2. Spell out the chosen color by opening and closing the fortune teller, and stop.
  3. Have your friend choose one of the numbers that is shown. Count out that number by opening and closing the fortune teller, and stop.
  4. Again, have your friend choose a number, and repeat step 3.
  5. Have your friend choose one last number. Then open the flap beneath that number and read your friend's fortune!

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