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Playing with a simple paper fortune teller will give your child a bit of writing and counting practice. It's a great game at home or in the school playground. Of course, you can't really tell a person's fortune - let your child know it's just a bit of fun.
Fortune tellers are easy to make from a piece of paper if your child works carefully.
Here are some written instructions from Origami Fun. If you have access to a printer, the link gives you the option of printing the instructions.
If you prefer, this youtube video shows you how to make one from scratch. In a second youtube video you will see how to play with the fortune teller, and the kinds of messages to write for your reveal section. It goes without saying that no bad luck or mean messages should ever be included.
In addition, we suggest you write the name of a colour on the top four sections (like in the picture above). Spell out the chosen colour (for instance G-R-E-E-N), moving the fortune teller with each letter, before moving on to the numbers layer.
Learning to write should be fun. It’s important that children know that writing is a fun and useful. By fitting it into everyday activities, like drawing, writing notes and birthday cards children will get used to holding a pencil and learning to write properly.
Encourage your child to write and draw - on outdoor walls with chalk or in the sand at the beach. Give them picture mazes or puzzles to fill out – join the dot puzzles are great for their hand eye coordination.
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