This back to school paper fortune teller is a conversation starting game for elementary school students and adults. Use the free printable to get kids talking about their back to school concerns and get a glimpse into their brains. Cootie catchers (paper fortune tellers) are a easy back to school activity that kids love.
Back to School Jitters
Back to school time is full of uncertainty and questions for elementary school students. Who will I get for a teacher? Will my best friend be in my class? Will I have anyone to play with at recess?
As parents we don’t have all the answers, but we do have the ability to ask out kids about their worries and concerns. This is easier said than done, if your kids are anything like mine. Questions get brief answers such as yes, no, or I don’t know.
Truly revealing stuff! (I jest, I jest.)
A conversation starting game can get kids talking about the issues in their life and can allow you a glimpse into their brains. This back to school fortune teller is a kid favorite.
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Question and Answer Game
The fortune teller is decorated with school images and features 16 statements that “predict” the answers to kids’ most pressing back to school questions:
- Will I get nicest teacher? Anything can happen!
- Is this the year I get chosen for choir? Signs point to yes.
- Can I make a new friend? It is certain.
- Will I earn good grades? If you try hard.
While the answers are silly, the questions children ask the fortune teller open up a line of communication between you and your offspring. Allowing parents to alleviate kids’ concerns and get them excited about returning to school. Plus, the fun game keeps kids interested in the conversation.
Back to School Fortune Teller
This free printable back to school activity is easy enough for young kids to cut, fold, and use. It’s a simple paper fortune-teller (sometimes called a “cootie catcher”) that has been popular since I was in elementary school.
Fortune Teller Directions
1 – Download and print the free fortune teller and directions in the free printables library.
Tip: I print my fortune tellers on matte photo paper , it is thicker than copy paper and prints with extra bright colors. This makes a sturdy paper cootie catcher that can stand up to littlle hands!
2 – Cut out the fortune teller and fold according to directions.
3 – Play a round or two with your favorite students! (The directions for play are listed on the free printable.)
More Paper Fortune Tellers
A fortune teller is a helpful communication tool at back to school time and all year long. I hope you try making one for your kids today. Check out all my cootie catchers (paper fortune tellers) for kids:
- Thanksgiving Cootie Catcher Gratitude Activity
- Random Acts of Kindness Christmas Cootie Catcher
- New Year’s Eve Fortune Teller
- St Patrick’s Day Joke Teller
- Valentine’s Day Joke Teller
- Family Night Movie Picker
I hope you try making one (or more) paper fortune tellers with your family.
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