Welcome to Dandelion Songs!

"We are two mothers who want our children to know what childhood was like. Before Nintendos, before computers. Before fear of freedom. What it was like for us, and for our mothers, and their mothers. We want them to know adventure, to know play, to know the world. And not the controlled, organised world that modern mothers seem to think they are tied to, but the real, natural world that is here on our doorstep. Come and join us on an adventure in childhood."

Ciara & LĂ­osa

Paper Fortune Teller...

Who needs a magic 8 ball? These clever little origami will keep 'tweeners amused for hours!
1) Cut a square of plain paper
2) Fold in the corners
3)Turn the folded side away from you and fold the corners in again.
4) Fold in half.
5) Get your index fingers and thumbs up under the outer folds and bring to meet in the middle.

6)Mark the outer corners with numbers, the inner corners with colours and inside each fold a result of the question, ie Yes, No, Maybe etc... (we ues perhaps, absolutely! you never know! etc)
7) Ask the paper teller a question, for example Will we have rain tomorrow? The questioner picks a number and the informer opens and shuts opposite corners of the teller that number of times, then the questioner picks a colour from inside and the informer spells that while opening the opposite corners... then finally the informer picks again from the colours and under the colour will be their answer!!


Alice said...

i love that game i used to do the same in the schoolyard !! :D

Lisa Conmara said...

Me too! I remember queues of girls trying to find the answer they wanted in little paper oracles... there were a few versions, but this was the best!

acornmoon said...

Thanks for reminding me of this fun activity, I made many such things when I was little and made them with my children also. I love the photo showing the concentration on the child's face! Happy days.

Carol said...

What memories this brings up. I like your blog very much and thoroughly applaud your reasons for doing it. Lovely to share such things with our children.

Complex contradictions said...

Love this blog. Thank you for reminding us of a world before cyberspace.