Kids will have fun folding paper into this unique shape and telling the fortunes of their friends and family. They can make this simple fortune-teller, or customize it to fit their tastes by adding decals, stamps, or drawings on the flaps to illustrate the fortunes.

Time frame: Half hour

Level: Easy

What you need:

  • Piece of paper
  • Scissors
  • Fine-tipped marker
  1. Cut a piece of paper into a nine-inch square.
  2. Fold the paper in half diagonally to form a triangle. Fold in half again, forming a smaller triangle.
  3. Unfold the paper and fold in each of the ends to meet in the center crease, forming a square (see illustration). Flip the paper over and turn in those edges to meet at the center, forming another smaller square.
  4. Lift up the flaps on the other side and place a thumb and finger in each flap to make a moving square form.
  5. With a marker, place the name of a color on each of the four outside squares. Place a number on each of the eight inside triangles.
  6. Write a fortune under the flap of each inside triangle.
Folding paper into a fortune-teller.

Here's how to tell a fortune: Ask a person to pick a color from the four outside flaps. Open and close the paper spel­ling out the color. For example, open once for R, close for E, and open again for D. Have the person pick a number from inside and open and close again that number of times. Have them pick a number again and open up the triangle with the fortune written inside.

More on: Crafts for Kids


Excerpted from The Complete Idiot's Guide to Making Great Gifts © 2001 by Marilee LeBon. All rights reserved including the right of reproduction in whole or in part in any form. Used by arrangement with Alpha Books, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc.

To order this book visit Amazon's web site or call 1-800-253-6476.


Vote Now for the Children's & Teen Choice Book Awards
Voting is open now through May 3 for the Children's and Teen Choice Book Awards — the only national book awards program where the winning author, illustrator, and books of the year are selected by young readers. Encourage your child to vote for his favorites today!

Find Today's Newest & Best Children's Books!
Looking for newly released books for your child? Try our new Book Finder tool to search for new books by age, type, and theme, and create reading lists for kids!

Top 10 Math & Science Apps for Your Whiz Kid
Looking for the best math and science apps for kids? Check out these cool apps for all ages, which will grow your child's love of the STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and math).

Registered for Kindergarten — Now What?
Wondering what to do now that you've signed your child up for kindergarten? Try our award-winning Kindergarten Readiness app! This easy-to-use checklist comes with games and activities to help your child build essential skills for kindergarten. Download the Kindergarten Readiness app today!

stay connected

Sign up for our free email newsletters and receive the latest advice and information on all things parenting.

Enter your email address to sign up or manage your account.

Facebook icon Facebook icon Follow Us on Pinterest

editor’s picks