Paper Fortune Tellers – social skills activity
When I was a kid I saw girls playing with these things. They called them “cootie catchers.” A few weeks ago, I went on YouTube to learn how to make them. It occurred to me that these things might be useful in social skills activities and counseling for children with high functioning autism.
Once I figured out the template, I made nine of them. Here are the downloads for them:
Social Skills Fortune Teller Templates Printable: Social-Skills-Paper-Fortune-Teller-Download1
After Printing them (using the print setting “Fit”):
1. Cut out all four sides of the perimeter of the
2. Fold them. This young girl on YouTube can
show you how: http://bit.ly/WVH7NM
Start folding with the printed side facing
Ways to use them:
Unlike traditional paper fortune tellers, these are not used for
pretend fortune telling. These are for helping children, working in
pairs, to work on the skills of asking questions, giving compliments
and talking about emotions. One of them is to review self-help
strategies for teasing and bullying.
Suggested game format:
1. Child number one says, “Spell your name.” For each letter, the
child holding the Fortune Teller manipulates the device back
2. Child number two is then shown the two options appearing on
the inner triangles. Child one says, “Pick which one you want.”
In the example to the right, child number two picks “What do
you think about…?”
3. Child two opens up the innermost petals, where four options
appear. He selects A, and then asks child one, “What do you
think about this school?”
Download and Print CBT for anxiety templates: CBT-Paper-Fortune-Tellers-for-Anxiety-Other-Issues
Introduce some basics concerning the connection between automatic negative thoughts and negative emotions. I suggest you do this by viewing , with children, this very short video – Watch this video to kids before playing with the CBT for Anxiety fortune tellers: https://youtu.be/af04iwPN6vI
Working in pairs, and taking turns, person number one says, “Spell your name.” For each letter, the child holding the Fortune Teller manipulates the device back and forth.
1. Person number two is then shown the two options appearing on the inner triangles. Person one says, “Pick which one you want.” You can see photos of this farther down on this page.
2. Person one opens up the innermost petals, where four options appear. He tells person two, “Pick A, B, C or D.” Person one reads the option selected. If the option read is a negative thought, person two has to tell how to deal with such thoughts. If the option selected is a positive thought, person two must describe a time when he needed to use such a thought to solve a problem.
Christmas Social Skills Paper Fortune Teller – Practice giving compliments
Download and print template here: Christmas-Social-Skills-Paper-Fortune-Teller-Download