over 15 Origami Fortune Teller
I remember making these fun Cootie Catchers, a form of origami used as a childhood game, back when I was in school.
Then I had flashbacks when my now 24 year old daughter came home from elementary school with some of them, begging to tell me my fortune over and over and over. And THEN my now 15 year old brought them home with her back when she was younger!
The Cootie Catchers seemed to multiply in our house, with subjects ranging from future wealth to future careers. The best things never change, right?
We called them cootie catchers and fortune tellers, but they are also known as chatterboxes, salt cellars, whirlybirds, and paku-paku. These were our first introductions to origami, which I later loved to create.
I remember the perfectly square, colorful thin paper that my grandma bought for me as a gift. Personally, I couldn’t get enough of origami. It became a passionate young teen hobby of mine; one I hoped each of my children would enjoy,
If you missed out on this childhood fun, I’ll fill you in (and you must check out the links below and try it at least once)!!
Kids would take sheets of 8 ½” x 11” inch paper and fold and cut a portion off to make a perfect square. If you were lucky, like me, and you had real origami paper, you would just skip that step.
Then the folding begins. There are eight flaps to write options for a player to choose from. The person telling the fortune manipulates the cootie catcher based on the choices the other player makes until one final hidden message is revealed when the last flap is opened.
But There is More! (Yuck)
Though mostly used to tell fortunes, the child could use this piece of origami as pincers. The child would then pretend to catch bugs, such as lice (ewwwww). There you have it; the “cootie” catcher!
Backstory of The Cootie Catcher
This origami shape was called a “salt cellar” when it was introduced in 1928 to England. It was called a salt cellar because this piece could be placed on a table, point ends down, with the four pockets showing. The pockets could then be used to hold bits of food.
In the 1950s, these shapes became known and used as fortune tellers by children in England. This fun fortune telling game became popular in the United States in the 1960s where it was called a cootie catcher.
This fun childhood activity has endured the test of time and is still popular today.
Let's Do This Thing!
Time to check out the cool links below for directions and templates for your very own fortune teller!