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Make a fortune teller

This shape comes from my childhood. We used it as a fortune teller. But it could also be used to hold four small things, such as sweets.

Grey lines are folds or creases. They are important. Fold accurately, and crease well. New creases below are marked in red. The black lines show edges. The thick black lines show where there are flaps.

The paper should be a square. If it isn't, cut a strip off one edge to make it so. The diaginal folds in the first step can help with this.

Fortune Teller

Make a fortune teller - step 1
Fold diagonally both ways
to find the centre.
Make a fortune teller - step 2
Fold the points to the centre.
Make a fortune teller - step 3
Turn over.
Make a fortune teller - step 4
Fold the points
to the centre.
Make a fortune teller - step 5
Cress all lines well
from corner to corner,
and from mid-point to mid-point.
Make a fortune teller - step 6
Turn over.

Make a fortune teller - step 7
Lift up flaps and
put thumbs and first fingers in.
Make a fortune teller - step 8
Pinch together thumb and finger
on each hand and pull gently apart a bit.
Make a fortune teller - step 9
Pinch together thumbs and fingers
and pull apart the other way.

To use this as a fortune teller, you should mark the flaps inside (where you can see them as you pull the teller apart slightly) as in the last two steps). Give them different colours, or words. Then lift up the flaps and put the answers to questions, such as YES or NO or MAYBE or NOT YET or NEXT WEEK.

Get someone to ask a question (which can be answered by your answers!) Then pull the fortune teller apart one way then the other, as in the last two steps, several times. Ask them to chose a colour or word that they can see. Lift the flap to give the answer.

Container

If you turn it upside down, it makes a container with four pockets. You could put a sweet in each, perhaps, or a few nuts or raisins.