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    I remember making this craft as a child and now I am making it with my own kids. However, I'm interested in different variations and possibly what the name of this craft is?
    It starts out with a square piece of paper. you then fold all four tips inwards to meet. You turn it over and do the exact same thing..folding the corners towards the center and meeting. Then you fold it in half where there are no doubled paper and then in half again.
    Then you insert your thumbs & pointer finger and after writing & coloring the sayings, you play. So for example....some one picks a color and you spell it out. Next you pick a number and they count it out. You unfold that corner to reveal a message.
    Anyone any ideas on this game????

  • #2
    Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

    I loved that game as a kid ! Here ya go...

    http://www.mathematische-basteleien.de/fortune_teller.htm

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    • #3
      Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

      cool! that is right! thank you so much for the link

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      • #4
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        You're welcome! Have fun making and playing..!

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        • #5
          Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

          i have heard it called playing Cooties.
          I don't want buns of steel. I want buns of cinnamon !!!

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          • #6
            Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

            We called them Cootie Catchers. We put numbers or colors in each quarter. The other person would pick a number or color and you'd count or spell the color and one or the other sides of the inside would be visible. On each of those quarters another number would be written and the person would pick a number and you'd count that out. Underneath all the numbers was a "fortune" we made up and when they picked the final number, you'd tell them their fortune.

            Made about 50 of these w/ Babe's grandkids a few months ago!
            "What fresh hell is this?" Dorothy Parker

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            • #7
              Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

              We just called them fortune tellers.

              Kids at school still make these things.

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              • #8
                Re: what is the name & origin of this craft?

                omg,,,a blast from the past. Good ol' Cootie Catchers! I remember playing them as a kid then, showing my kids how to make them!
                A balanced diet is a cookie in both hands

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