Ah we are are so excited about the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee coming up! And we will be hosting a Jubilee Street Party to celebrate. As part of this, we will of course have an activity table for the kids. So thought our Union Jack Fortune Teller Printables would be perfect! These would also make a great Jubilee Classroom activity. Get the kids to add fun facts about Queen Elizabeth and her reign to the Fortune Tellers!
We did originally make these for the Royal Wedding…. but have updated them an reshared them for you to enjoy them in the upcoming bank holiday weekend to help celebrate her Majesty’s 70th year on the thrown. The first British Monarch to do so. The actual Jubilee was on February 6th, with celebrations being held on the long bank holiday weekend in June! Many people will be holding a Platinum Jubilee party or having a “Big Jubilee Lunch” with their street. Expect lots of fun bunting, and classic British party fodd, such as tasty sausage rolls, coronation chicken and delicious Victoria sponge topped with red, white and blue berries!
Back to our Jubilee Party Craft
As you know, we adore Origami for Kids and Fortune Tellers are a great Origami Pattern for kids of all ages to learn. The repeat pattern is quick and easy to learn, if the folds are not super neat the Origami Pattern is “forgiving” and best of all.. you can PLAY with your Fortune Tellers.
Fortune Tellers are also known as Cootie Catchers or Chatter Boxes, I have also come across the terms Whirly Bird, Salt Sellar and Paku Paku. In my childhood we called them “Himmel and Hoelle” (Heaven and Hell) and when you played it, you either landed in Heaven or Hell (quite serious stuff!!)…
Fortune Tellers also make fabulous paper puppets (more on that later on). Today is all about the Printable Union Jack Craft! Perfect for Platinum Jubilee Party celebrations!
Union Jack Fortune Teller – Materials
- Your free printable (click on the BIG RED BUTTON saying “Click for Your Printable”)
- Pens to write some Union Jack or Royal Wedding facts… or get all romantic and find some wedding things to add…
How to make a Fortune Teller
We have in fact written step by step instructions for you before… check out this “How to make a Cootie Catcher” but have reshared them here today!
Grab our free Union Jack printable and cut out the “main suare piece of paper” needed before you get started. You can of course, make these fortune tellers with plain white paper and then use blue and red pens to decorate. Simply use our “pattern as a guide” to draw your own Union Jack flag. It is easy really when you have a guide to follow.
If making these in the classroom, why not load our printable to the projector and share it on the screen, so kids can see how to colour and draw their own flag?
In the meantime…
How to amke a basic Fortune Teller photo step by step instructions
Start with your Union Jack face down. Then follow the generic instructions:
To make your Fortune Teller, you will need a square piece of paper. We generally cut it from an A4 sheet of paper, so measures approximately 20 x 20 cm.
Begin by folding the paper across the diagnoal in both directions – so you get a cross shape (bottom left photo)
Bring each corner towards the middle/ inside and make a neat fold (picture 4 shows the first fold).
Once you have all four folds (top right) – use your thumbs to make neat creases. Flip your paper over.
You will see another “cross” running across you paper.
Again, bring each corner in and fold towards the middle (as per bottom right photo).
Once you have all for folds, fold in half (as per top right), open and fold in half again in the other direction. Just to create some creases.
Now comes the “only” tricky bit.. you need to squeeze all four sides in towards each other as per the bottom left images.
Then lift each outside flap to make your Cootie Catcher! ENJOY!!!
So if you have ever wondered how do you make an origami fortune teller, I do hope you now have your answer!
More great Jubilee Party Activities here:
We have more FANTASTIC Royal Wedding Crafts for you here:
And of course TONS More Origami for Beginners ideas here: