Today we are making a paper fortune teller math game for kids needing to practice their fractions and multiplication facts. Do you remember paper fortune tellers?  They were *the* rage when I was a kid.  We are going to use a paper fortune teller to introduce my kiddos to the joy of Cootie catchers while reviewing math lessons.

times and fractions paper games
Let’s make a math fortune teller game out of paper.

Make a Math Fortune Teller Game

Today we made two math paper fortune teller games, one to review fractions and another to review times tables. The first step is to make a basic paper fortune teller…

Supplies Needed to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

  • Square piece of paper
  • (Optional) Pencil
  • Marker

Video Instructions for Paper Fortune Teller

How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

9 steps pictured to making a paper fortune teller to use for this math game for kids - folding instructions pictured 1-9 steps
Here are the steps to make a paper fortune teller for our math game.
  1. Basically, you start with a square piece of paper.
  2. Fold the corner into the center.
  3. Repeat for all four corners folding into the center.
  4. Until you have all four corners folded to the center.
  5. Flip it over and fold the corners into the center again.
  6. Until you have all four corners folded to the center.
  7. You then fold it like a hot dog – with the thumb flaps on the outside. Your kids stick their fingers into the flaps and move them to reveal the inside. Your kids can lift the inside flaps to see another message.  
  8. Write the messages or numbers on the flaps. We used math as our “messages” inside the classic fortune teller.
  9. Place fingers into the paper fortune teller and move both in and out.

Related: Check out our reading fortune teller game: Learning to Read CVC words

Times Tables Game on Paper Fortune Teller

multiplication paper game with skip counting
Let’s add times tables to the paper fortune teller!
  • For our multiplication cootie catcher, we wrote each “family” of math problems on the outer flaps.  
  • The tables we are working on with our second grader are 2, 3, 4 & 5s – so I wrote those numbers on the outside.  
  • Inside the flaps we have the numbers written out by skip counting.  
  • So as your kids move the paper game, they choose between the different “groups” of skip-count numbers.  When they lift the flap, there are four multiplication problems for them to solve.

Paper Fractions Game on Paper Fortune Teller

learn your fractions with a paper game
Let’s add fractions to the paper fortune teller!
  • For the fractions game, draw a circle on each of the four main sections.  Break the circle apart into “fractions.  
  • We did the following fractions on our catcher: 1/2, 1/3, 1/4, & 1/5.
  • The next level of flaps the kids had to figure out which “flap” matched the circle. Even though my kids are learning just the fractions, I wrote the decimal number beside “the answer” to try to help them begin matching the two numbers together.
  • When the kids pull up the flap, they see another “problem”.  They had to color in the fraction amount on the bar using their finger.
fractions math game using a piece of paper - great for reviews
Whatever your child needs practice on can be added to the fortune teller flaps.

I loved seeing the kids put their math lessons into their pockets and carry them around practicing them throughout the day!

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How to Make a Paper Fortune Teller

How to make a paper fortune teller

Let's make a paper fortune teller with these easy steps. Once you have the basic paper fortune teller finished you can make different games with the origami fortune teller!

Active Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Difficulty Medium
Estimated Cost $1


  • Square piece of paper
  • (Optional) marker


  • (Optional) pencil


  1. Start with a square piece of paper - we used an 8 1/2 x 11 paper folded into a square and then torn or cut along the line so it is an 8 inch square piece of paper.
  2. Fold the corner into the center - it can be helpful to mark the middle of the paper with a pencil or marker
  3. Repeat for the other 3 corners resulting in another square.
  4. Flip over the square and repeat by folding in the four corners to the middle.
  5. Fold it in half with the thumb flaps on the outside.
  6. You can write messages on the inside and outside.

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How did your kids like the paper fortune teller math game?

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