A Fortune-Telling Book

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Children of all ages enjoy fortunes, and also like to make fortune-telling devices. A toy that is good for this purpose can be made easily from a dollar-store notebook, using pictures that are cut from old magazines.

The title of a book like this can be What is Your Fortune? On the inside, at the top of the first left-hand page, write a fortune question such as "What is Your Favorite Sport?" Now find about five pictures that show sports activities, and paste them on this first set of facing pages. Write a number close to each picture. When you tell someone's fortune, you will ask him to choose a number from 1 to 5, and whatever picture has that number will show his favorite sport. This number-choosing system is used on facing pages throughout the book.

Here are some questions that you might like to use in your fortune-telling book:

  • What is your favorite food?
  • What hobby is interesting to you?
  • What would you like to have for Christmas?
  • What animal would you like to have for a pet?
  • What kind of car will you have when you grow up?
  • What will be your job when you grow up?
  • Where will you live twenty years from now?
  • What will you have plenty of some day?

In each case, choose about five pictures, arrange each set on facing pages, number them and you are ready to tell fortunes.