Origami fortune tellers (also called a cootie catcher, chatterbox, salt cellar, or whirlybird) are a childhood game, a determine your destiny, flower like paper, fortune telling device.https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Paper_fortune_teller. It was one of the things you did as a child, alongside  paper people chains. My 9 year old boy made one this week and keeps asking me to ask it questions,which inspired this prompt. They probably originated in Japan in the 1600s, with links to Japanese paper folding.http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview/id/786718.html

Here is how to make one:

“To use the fortune teller, the player telling the fortunes holds the four corners of the paper with pointer fingers and thumbs on both hands, keeping two pairs of corners together and the other two pairs separated so that only half of the internal sides of the corners are visible.

Manipulations are done by various similar methods, for example: The player asks a question of the person holding the fortune teller; this question will be answered by the device. The holder then asks for a number or color. Once the number or color is chosen, the holder uses their fingers to switch between the two groups of colors and numbers inside the fortune teller. The holder switches these positions a number of times: which may be determined by the number of letters in the color selected, the number originally chosen, or the sum of both. Once the holder has finished switching the positions of the fortune teller, the player chooses one of the flaps revealed. These flaps often have colors or numbers on them. The holder then lifts the flap and reveals the fortune underneath. Steps may be repeated to suit the users.” Wikipedia.

Writing Tasks
Make an origami fortune teller, up to the point of writing on it.
Then add the numbers.
On the outside petals write 4 things you have been thinking about. 

Write, on the last layer 8 solutions that might fit the 4 original themes. Or random words.
Use the fortune teller.
Free write on the results. (30 minutes 1 hour)

Happy Writing!


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