Carnival Party: Fortune Teller

by , posted on October 15th, 2010 in Halloween




 

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Update:
Wow! So many of you learn about Classic Play through a search for “fortune teller sayings for kids”. Which, leads me to believe y’all are having the same trouble I did when I first asked this question. If you are, here are a few fortunes we came up with that might help get you started (just scroll to the bottom). Also check out some of the links Cindy mentions in the comments section.

Have fun!

Readers, I need your help. I need some fortunes.

If you’ve been following along, you know that I’m neck deep in birthday party planning. I’ve been using the Martha Stewart carnival party as inspiration.

In addition to games, we’ll have a few activity stations. One is balloon animals, which I think I have figured out, and another is fortune telling. That’s where I need some help. I made a crystal ball out of one of those big glittery bouncy ball things and a glass candle holder I found at a thrift store.

It turned out cute but now I’m stumped. I don’t know what to offer in the way of fortunes.

I’ve done a little internet googling, looking around for fun fortunes for kids, but shockingly there’s a dearth of material. I know, I know. You’re rendered speechless, as am I. The internet has let us all down.

So here’s my plea: can you help me out with suggestions for cute, funny, clever or silly fortunes? I’m going to print them up on a cheat sheet for the fortune teller.

I don’t have much to offer you other than my sincerest thanks. But, you know, sincerest thanks is…um, well, it’s sincere.

So what would you divine for a group of five to eight year olds? Help!

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5 Responses to “Carnival Party: Fortune Teller”

  1. Cindy H Says:

    October 15th, 2010 at 2:52 pm

    When we did this for Divination class at a Harry Potter party, we had the kids take turns telling each others’ fortunes, which was great.

    Fortune cookie sayings might be helpful (scroll down for kid-specific) http://www.buzzle.com/articles/fortune-cookie-sayings.html

    Also, general sayings http://www.chinese-fortune-cookie.com/fortune-cookie-quotes.html and here under What the numbers mean http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/predict-the-future-705237/

    Make sure that the birthday kid “feeds” information to the fortune teller on each of the guests, i.e their favorite book, number of family members, etc. so that the gypsy can be accurate when they read into their crystal balls. Have each kid have their fortune read by the fortune teller. The other kids can listen in for added fun.

    Fortune teller fish migh make a good takeaway http://www.amazon.com/144-Fortune-Teller-Miracle-Fish/dp/B000OF0EY8 or a cootie catcher :) http://www.onestopenglish.com/section.asp?catid=150152

    You could also just use the crystal ball as a prop and do palmistry alongside it
    http://www.universitygames.com/rules/great_explorations/FortuneTellingKit.html

    From Family fun http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/predict-the-future-705237/ and http://familyfun.go.com/playtime/fishing-for-fortunes-707527/

    Hope one of these helps!

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  2. Cindy H Says:

    October 15th, 2010 at 3:13 pm

    Oh, and And I read this here (there are also some fortunes on this page)… http://ask.metafilter.com/136133/Need-Ideas-for-Tween-Fortune-Teller …and thought it was really cute.

    “I hired our babysitter to be the fortune teller and told her to totally dress up for it (full fortune teller regalia with lots of eyeliner, etc.) When the kids were busy with something else, I snuck her into the house and put her in the basement room which I’d filled with about 30 votive candles. She lit the candles, then waited for us in a deep chair shrouded with a translucent lavender curtain draping the chair from floor to ceiling, where I’d thumb tacked it up (an old curtain from Ikea). When the kids came down for the surprise, she emerged in her splendid fortune teller get-up in the candle lit room and the kids were speechless. She had them sit in a circle. Out came a velvet pouch filled with little charms she’d put together: a small train, a candy heart, a foreign coin, and a bunch of others. She said that each item symbolized something: wealth, travel, love, beauty, adventure, friendship, truth, etc. She had each child take a turn dumping the pouch out. then she “read” their fortune by interpreting which way the charms fell. For example, travel points to love, etc. She decided which charm was the most important of the reading and at the end of the whole thing, gave one to each kid. (So you have to make sure there’s enough if you want to give them out at the end.)”

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    Jennifer Cooper Reply:

    Cindy, I have only one thing to say to you: You are the BEST!

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    Cindy H Reply:

    LOL or the most obsessed.

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