My girls are obsessed with fortune-tellers. Just obsessed. And, who can blame them? I was a bit obsessed myself when I was a child. When I was a child, they were often designed to actually tell a fortune. Will you live in a mansion, travel to Paris, or have 10 children? We came up with some of the most outrageous fortunes!
But, nowadays, I often see fortune tellers used as a learning game. I just love this re-invention of an old toy. We decided to use them for some geography practice and my girls just loved this process. They've been playing with their Geography Fortune-Tellers again and again and again.
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Recently, my friends from The Educators' Spin on It sent us a copy of their new book 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids: Teach Reading, Writing, Math and More with Fun Activities by Amanda Boyarshinov and Kim Vij. My girls have devoured this book. They've got activity after activity bookmarked to try. The book is great for kids in preschool through third grade and many of the activities can be adapted to your kid's ability. Not only that, but Kim and Amanda have already provided three different variations for each activity. I love how flexible this book is!
That's why it was so easy for us to add our own twist to their Continent Fortune-Tellers project. My third grader already knows all the continents. So, in order to make it more challenging, we switched out the continents for individual countries.
We each made our own fortune-tellers. That was part of the fun for my girls! The folding instructions in the book were very easy to follow. Once it was folded, we lifted all the flaps and wrote "Find (a specific country)" We added numbers to the outsides of the flaps.
One thing I really loved (and I know you will too) about this book is that the instructions are clear and easy. Plus, the book is full of beautiful full-color pictures. I always prefer to see pictures to go along with kids crafts and activities - that's why I love blogs so much. And, this book delivers. My girls are both drawn to the pictures and have leafed through the book many times since it arrived on our doorstep.
They scoured the globe to find the countries to add to their fortune-tellers. I made mine easier for my first grader to use, but the girls made some challenging fortune-tellers. Find Mali; find Somalia; find Laos. Can you do it? Thanks to their fortune-tellers, my girls can easily find these countries.
If you don't want to do the continents or even countries for this activity, you could try oceans, US states, major cities, or famous landmarks. There are just so many ways to add your own spin on it.
To play the game, you choose a number. The person with the fortune-teller moves it back and forth that many times. Then, choose another number and the person with the fortune-teller will move it back and forth that many time. Finally, choose one more number and lift the flap. Find that country on a map or globe. Keep going as often as you want.
I can't recommend 100 Fun & Easy Learning Games for Kids enough. You'll find reading, writing, math, science, music, art, and geography activities. It's a fun source for after-school activities to enforce what your kids are learning in school or a great source for learning activities to help prevent summer slide.
The games are fun. We've already tried out more than this in the short time we've had the book. I know we'll have fun all summer!
Thank you Kim and Amanda for writing such a fun book! You can grab your own copy at Amazon here at this link.