17 Paper Fortune Tellers to Amuse your Kids (with printable)

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Here’s a blast from the past! If you grew up before “screen time” was a thing, then you’ve made paper fortune tellers, or a “cootie catcher” when you were a kid. Or if you’re all left thumbs like I am…you at least played with one a friend made. 

paper fortune tellers

Mitch came home with a paper fortune teller his friend’s mom made to entertain them during a sleep over. He thought it was the coolest thing ever and insisted (several times) to tell my fortune with it. It was getting pretty beat up after a few days, so I thought I’d make another one. My lack of origami skills was making this a VERY difficult reverse engineering task, and I almost gave up. So I turned to the internet for directions and found a bazillion ideas.

Ok, bazillion might be much. But we found a few good ones.

(And if you like this paper craft, how about some Harry Potter upcycle spellbooks?)

How to fold Paper Fortune Tellers
Paper Fortune Tellers

Shaina at Marvy Moms made a good set of directions for making a fortune teller.

How to Play with Paper Fortune Tellers

If you don’t remember how to play with a fortune tell, it’s ok. I’ve got you covered! These might very with how their made, but here’s the basic method.

  • Ask a friend to pick a color from the top of the fortune teller. Spell out the color while working the teller back and forth. So, if they pick blue, you say “B-L-U-E” and work it four times for each letter.
  • Keep the teller open and have your friend pick a number. Work it back and forth that many times.
  • Then have them pick flap to open and read their fortune!
Paper Fortune Tellers

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Blank Fortune Teller You can Make

Ready to make your own Fortune Teller? Here’s a blank template you can print out–just fill in your own fortunes! Click the image to download a PDF you can print.

blank fortune teller printable

If you don’t know what to put in your fortune teller, here’s a few ideas…

Magic 8 Ball fortune teller

Magic 8 Ball Paper fortune teller

…answers all your questions! (Click the image to get a color PDF you can print!)

Social Media Fortune Teller

I made this on PicMonkey! (Click the image to get a color PDF you can print!)

social media fortune teller

Even More Fortune Tellers!

Happy fortunes for students fortunes.

Crayola made a nice fortune to color.

Tuscon made a weird water conservation game from a fortune teller.

Wizard of Oz fan? Right this way.

Or more of an Ever After High fan?

How about Harry Potter?

Dr. Seuss style fortunes.

Bored kids? This one will give them something to do.

Bored AND it’s summer? This one will send them out to weed the garden!

Is it Halloween? Try this fortune teller.

Are you a Girl Scout? Here’s your fortune.

Are you a blogger? This one is just for you.

A Mother’s Day fortune teller for passive aggressive moms

Don’t want to tell your fortune? Then make a shark!

Kids fighting over what to watch on Netflix? Then print out this one! Netflix Fortune Teller

Netflx Paper Fortune Tellers

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Other Ways to Tell Your Future…

…Fortune Cookies…

…Fortune Telling Fish??

Remember fortune tellers made of folded paper that revealed the truth of the universe? Show your kids some old school fun with these 17 different ideas for paper fortune tellers--also known as cootie catchers. (Why? I don't know.)
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