Monday, 2 September 2013

Art: How to make a fortune teller

We made these the other day.  They are great fun as a toy, but instead of using them as a fortune teller we used the to play a game, we made another one to decided what we were going to learn that day but these are only a few ideas. 


There was a lot of fun had just making them so if you don't know how to make one (or can't remember how we used to do it when you were a child) here's how it's done...

You will need:
  • An A4 piece of paper
  • Pens or pencils
  • Scissors (optional but if you'd rather not rip the paper yourself you can use them)
BEFORE STARTING REMEMBER MAKING YOUR FOLDS AS NEAT AS POSSIBLE IS REALLY IMPORTANT.  IF YOU DON'T IT WON'T WORK AS WELL.  IF YOU DON'T MANAGE TO GET IT RIGHT FIRST TIME DON'T WORRY, JUST TRY AGAIN.  HERE'S HOW TO MAKE IT!

STEP ONE
Fold your paper like this...


STEP TWO
You see the rectangle shape on the right of the photo above.  Cut that bit off carefully.  When you've done that open out your triangle shape so you have a perfect square like this...
 
 
 
STEP THREE
Discard the small rectangle then take your square piece of paper you've made and fold it like this to make a long rectangle...
 
 
STEP FOUR
Open it out into a square again and then fold it the other way to make a rectangle again so when you open it out for the third time it will look like this...
 

 
STEP FIVE
Now take one of the corners and fold it like so...
 
 
Do this to each of the corners...


 
 
So you have something like this...
 

STEP SIX
DON'T UNDO YOUR FOLDS THIS TIME.  Instead turn over you now smaller square so you can't the see the triangular folds and then repeat what we done in STEP FIVE to the flipped over side this...
 

So you will be left with this...


STEP SEVEN

Your square will be much smaller now but still don't unfold it.  Instead fold into a rectangular shape like this...


 
 
Fold again into a tiny square like this...
 
 
 
STEP EIGHT
Unfold the square back into a rectangle and then unfold once more back into the square so you will have the four flaps facing upwards like this...


STEP NINE
Then slide you finger into two of the flaps like this and with the other hand do the same to the other two flaps.  It should look something like this...

 


STEP TEN
You can put what you like on the four outside squares, colours, numbers, animals or whatever else you think of something like this...
 
 
 
STEP ELEVEN
Then on the inside you can write numbers, names, subjects, again anything you like.  Honi chose animals (not all spelt correctly but I praised her for trying).
 

STEP TWELVE
Open your fortune teller up like this...



Then write tasks, challenges, chores or funny jokes on each of the tiny triangles on the outside.  You can chose anything you like again really as it's so versatile.
 
Then fold it back up like this...



Slot your fingers back in and then you are ready to play...

How to play:

STEP ONE
Get a volunteer to play with you.  Ask them first to chose one of the outside options.  For Honi this was colours.  If the volunteer choses pink you open the fortune teller one way and say 'p'...

...and then open it the other way and say 'i'...

 
 
...then back to the other way again and say 'n' then the other way and say 'k'.  Keep it open when you get to the end of spelling the work chosen.

STEP TWO
Then the volunteer chooses one of the inside options and again you do the same as with the first step and spell out the word that is chosen.
 
STEP THREE
Again get your volunteer to chose another of the options inside but this time lift the flap and read out the challenge, task or whatever is underneath.  That is what they have to do if it's a challenge or task!
 
I hope all this waffle makes sense.  We love making these for learning.  You can use them to practise your music theory, learn spellings, maths challenges, remember historical facts that go with your history project, geography facts that go with your geography project, choosing chores around the house or just for fun like challenge your family to jump ten times, skip 20 times, hop on one leg for a minute etc.
 
Here's a video of how to play...
 
 

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