Sunday, October 28, 2012

Good Fortune: Fortune Telling Game for Kids

fortune telling game for kids - free printable fortune cards

For my daughter’s Halloween party, I had the idea for bring in Madame Good Fortune to tell good, positive fortunes for the girls.  The girls at our party were ages 9-11, and while I thought that they would enjoy this, I had no idea that it would turn out to be the biggest hit at any of my parties ever.

I needed someone to play the part who would also be able to think up creative responses quickly.  Luckily my good friend Robin was perfect for the role and willing to play along.  Between the two of us, we came up with this sort of on-the-fly good fortune game.

fortune telling game for kids - free printable fortune cards

To play:  Print out cards with the words Love, Beauty, Wealth, Friendship, Truth, Travel, Adventure on them.  (I have a free printable HERE that you can print.)  Adhere these to black cardstock so that you can’t see through them.  Lay them face down on the table, and let the kids turn over 2-3 cards.  Their good fortune is based on the cards, in the order they are turned over.  For example, if Truth and Love are selected, their fortune might be something like Keeping truth in your heart will always lead you to love, or You love with a true heart.  To engage the kids, you can ask them if they know an example of how this has happened in the past or may happen in the future.

fortune telling game for kids - free printable fortune cards

Additionally, we had a selection of colored beads.  At the end of the encounter with Madame Good Fortune, the girls each selected a bead.  The color of the bead represented another fortune.  Here are a few that we thought of:

Red:  You love with a true heart.
White: You are guided by the stars.
Green:  Your beauty comes from within.
Blue:  You are a true and loyal friend
Amber:  You are grounded to the earth.
Purple: You will achieve what you set your mind to.

Afterwards, we used jewelry wire to turn the beads into rings so that the girls could wear their good fortunes.
fortune telling game for kids - free printable fortune cards

Both of these ideas can be easily adapted and expanded on for your group.  Have fun thinking of your own good fortunes!