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Published March 20th 2015
Hours of craft fun predicted
You may remember this origami craft from your own childhood. Called the "chatterbox", or fortune teller or joke teller, it is easy for kids to make themselves, cheap as chips and lots of fun to play with.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Origami Fortune Teller

You will need:
a square piece of paper (this one measures 21cm x 21cm)
pencils , crayons, textas or stickers to decorate

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
You don't need much to make this origami craft

Step 1
Fold one corner of your piece of paper over to meet its diagonal corner and press to make a crease.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Step 1

Step 2
Do the same with the opposite corner. When flat your paper should have two diagonal folds across it.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
After Step 2 your paper should look like this

Step 3
Take each corner and fold to the centre point. Your paper should look like this.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Step 3

Step 4
Turn your paper over so the folded sides are facing down. Now take each corner and fold to the centre point again. Your paper will now look like this.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Step 4

Step 5
Fold in half so the paper is now a rectangle.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Step 5

Step 6
Your fortune teller is now ready to decorate. You can use crayons, pencils, textas or even stickers to decorate. Unfold your rectangle from Step 5 so that you have fours squares facing you. On each square write the name of a colour (alternatively you can colour in with the colour of choice or use stickers).

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Choose your colours

Step 7
Turn your paper over and write the numbers from 1 - 8 on each flap as pictured (alternatively you can use number stickers)

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Step 7

Step 8
Underneath each flap write your fortune message, joke or question. E.g. The time is right to make new friends or Why were the teacher's eyes crossed? He couldn't control his pupils. It is really up to you what messages you choose depending on your intended audience.

The time is right to make new friends
Origami joke teller for primary school aged children

Step 9
Your Fortune Teller is now ready to use. Place your thumb and forefinger of each hand under one flap. You should be able to open and close the mouth in both directions to see the numbers inside.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Using the Fortune Teller

Step 10
Ask a friend to choose a colour. Then open the mouth of the chatterbox once for each letter. E.g. If Red is chosen open the mouth 3 times.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
To play choose a colour, then a number

Step 11
Next the person chooses a number. Open the chatterbox mouth the number of times chosen.

Step 12
The person chooses a number again. This time open the flap of that number to reveal the fortune or joke.

Origami Fortune Teller Chatterbox
Lift the flap to find your message

A great rainy day or school holiday activity for the kids to do themselves. My Fortune Teller predicts hours of fun with this activity.
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