Genki Origami Fortune Teller Game

If you’re getting geared up for the big final this weekend, Β here’s a great printable game from Hugo to go with the Come on, Come on lesson!


Here’s Hugo’s video explanation of how to play it:

1. 1st kid says a number.

2. 2nd kid counts while opening/closing the origami

3. Then the 1st kid chooses 1 “I can..”

4. The 2nd kid opens the origami and the first kid says what they can do. Β If the two match he/she gets a goal!

Hugo also has a How are you? version. Β If you’d like to see it, or have them for any other themes, then do let us know in the comments!

And just in case you haven’t tried the song yet, Β here’s John’s amazing kids in China – just look how fantastic they are!

Again if you’d like to see more videos of John’s kids then doΒ let us know in the comments!

Be genki,



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36 Responses to “Genki Origami Fortune Teller Game”

  1. Margit

    Hugo, this is a wonderful. Kids love this game and play it all the time~ their own made ones. I never thought to connect this with speaking, though it is so obvious.

    No, I better don’t even ask,- if I know it will kill my time! BUT Did you make this yourself? How did you get the images together? Wow!

    Richard, other topics would be really great!
    Well, don’t really want to kill your time.

  2. Martin

    Cool. I’ll definitely have to try this!!! These are the keys to getting the kids to practice the English.

    A couple of kids in one of my bad classes, that is also dwindling away, showed up and started playing around with the Rock, Paper, Scissors theme. These guys are 6 -7 years old. They listened to the song once, insisted on playing the software game, and then I told them that it would be easier and more fun to just play it in real life. Now they come in and just sit there before class yelling in loud voices and perfect pronunciation “Rock, Paper, Scissors, 1, 2, 3…” over and over and sometimes never actually throwing! At our school the common way to play is Paper, Scissors, Stone for some reason, yet the kids after years of doing it are not nearly as confident and proficient in saying “PSS” as the two guys who now “RPS123” before class with no prompting! I love it!

    So I’m looking forward to doing this oragami game for many themes…never thought of it or actually knew how to make the origami myself.

  3. Martin

    Wow, John’s class is great. I just can’t get my kids to really be engaged in singing the songs. Maybe one or two of the kids will be singing and doing the moves but the rest are wandering around or causing trouble. The exception is my older Y-level class though they are lower level than my other classes made up of younger kids just because of the way they scheduled their classes for only once a week. They seem to have more energy for singing and being productively active.

  4. Fanitsa

    yes yes yes please can we have the how are you version too please and any other ones too! As Margit said, kids love that game for any topic! Thank you

  5. Julia

    Thank you SO much Hugo!
    The game is very well-timed! And it’s NEVER going to be outdated. Because it’s not only fun. It’s meaningful! Kids want to be able to do as many things as possible, even in their imagination.
    We also used to play the game, It was called “Fortune teller”, too. There was a school subject written on each outside triangle, and on each inside triangle there was a number (1-5).
    – The first kid’s question was: What mark will I get today?
    – The second asked in return: In what subject?
    – The 1st kid gave an answer, e.g. “Maths”.
    – The second kid then asked: “Say a number!”
    – The 1st said e.g. “11”.
    – The first kid started to open and close the fortune teller and count. After saying “eleven” he stoped.
    – Then the second kid looked inside to see the number on the subject side. This was the mark (S)he’ll get πŸ™‚
    I sometimes use the game with “Weather” and “Days of the week” topics.

  6. Barbara

    Fantastic game! Yes please, I would be very happy to see it in other themes… “how are you”, “weather”, “body parts” and animals πŸ™‚ Too many? Thank you in advance:) I am sure it will be very usefull for young kids:)

  7. Debbie Naim

    Hugo’s video was fabulous.
    I would love to make the fortune tellers as opposed to the cubes. They are much easier to fold.

    Does he have a template for them? If so please post or send me one. How does he copy the pictures on to the fortune teller?

    Thanks, Have a great day. Debbie

  8. Debbie Naim

    Hi, As I am noticing – there are many Genki teachers in Israel too. Would you be able to add Israel to your list of Genki around the world…
    Thanks,Debbie in Israel

  9. Hugo

    It makes me happy to see you guys happy about this origami.

    Margit & Debbie, if you’re really interested in knowing how to make this please let me know, but if you’re not familiar about editing images it might be a bit tricky. Meanwhile please feel free to request any themes. I’ll do as many as time allows me to but please tell your priorities so you’ll get what you need sooner.

    Martin I hope your students engage to this πŸ™‚

    Julia, thank you very much for sharing your experience, I was hoping to see something like this. The biggest difficulty I had when I thought about this was on how to make it work in the classes and I’m sure we can make it work better. It will be great if we can incorporate dialogue to it.

    Barbara, I’ll start working on your requests and send to Richard once their done. For the animals, I can only fit 8 images in the origami. How would you like to see it.

    I don’t have many students in my school (by the way great kids John, I’m hoping for big groups like that) so I only had the opportunity to use the origami with a couple of kids. I’m really looking forward to see more responses from the kids.
    Please share your outcome.

    Cheers everyone! πŸ™‚

  10. Martin

    I’ll post some if I make them! I have photoshop, so I’m always tweaking the minicards to make extra games and stuff.

  11. Jeny

    Wow! I love John’s kids in China! Great idea. I’m going to try that next week!

  12. Martin

    I wish I could get my similarly aged kids to get engaged in the songs like John’s kids. I notice John is barely singing or even gesturing at all, yet the kids are totally into it.

  13. Luciana

    Thank you Hugo! I love it! Me too, I’d love to have other themes also if you agree. What about one with the weather? For a weathrr forecast game πŸ™‚ thanks again! Luciana

  14. Richard

    Hugo has also come up with new designs for the worksheets, what do you think of these?

    And some covers, do let us know your feedback, it really helps! πŸ™‚

  15. Richard


    I notice John is barely singing or even gesturing at all, yet the kids are totally into it.

    Yep! It’s all in his posture and his 100% confidence. You need to be unshakeable in your own ability and these will be the results you get.
    And if you’re not 100% confident yet? Fake the body language and see what happens!

    Check out here:

    Or this great TED talk:

  16. Debbie Naim

    Wow, the cover pages are fabulous,now my problem is which one do I prefer, just kidding, but I love them.
    I would also like a template for the origami, I’ll find a way to do it myself afterwards. I just need one for the sizes.
    Thanks so much,
    I’ve been with Genki for so long now and this is the first time that I’m using this comment from. Boy is it resourceful!
    Good luck to all. Debbie

  17. Debbie Naim

    Hi everyone,
    The new worksheets are very nice.
    About the cover pages for the workbook: I was looking for something that will be general enough for any unit that I am building and a little less color (colored ink is very expensive).
    Also, a template for the oragami so that I can paintshop the pictures into the oragami.

  18. Richard

    Hi Debbie,

    Would you still want the words Adventure, Brainy etc.? But just with no pictures?

    For the colour, definitely, definitely lots of colour is *always* far, far *cheaper* than black and white. Why? Because that’s what you gets you more students! The more beautiful the handouts, the more the parents talk about you to their friends and you’ll always beat a school that has boring looking handouts! πŸ™‚ For the ink, buy it online in bulk, it’s hardly any difference ink price with BW when you buy it that way! πŸ™‚

  19. Debbie Naim

    I totally agree that we need color, just a little less “buzy” cover page for me. Like the worksheet that are clear and clean and colorful.
    As to what to write on the cover page: something general enough that it isn’t for a certain level or unit. It must say Genki English and a few pictures, the main characters that we follow from song to song, and a place for the pupil’s name.

    Is there a template for the origami?

    Also, a request, if you are planning any more songs, my kids’ favorite is ” left and right” because it has a dance. So in short, they love to dance.
    Thanks so much, Debbie

  20. Debbie Naim

    I found a template in Google and will try to use that today. Whatever I make, I’ll post.

  21. Nathalie Balduck

    Please make more of these!! I love them. I once tried to make them myself, but it was too difficult.

  22. Barbara

    Hi! Yes, cover are great! Then, of course, I have to use the curriculum as it is. I’ll try to do it with new classes. It will be less work after all πŸ™‚ Thank you!

  23. Jaynie

    Dear Hugo, this is really great.I also dont have many students but I do really think they will LOVE this game.
    Other themes would be great, especially after reading Julia’s post about subjects and days of the week.(have you made these already?)
    Sorry I am SO bad with computers!
    I am going to be cheeky and request Vol.2 What are you doing? and Vol.9 I,you,he,she,we.
    Thanks in advance!

  24. Hugo

    Hi Jaynie,

    I’ll those origamis done for you, not prob.

    Anything you need just let me know πŸ™‚


  25. Hugo

    Hi Jaynie,

    How would you like the vol.9 I,you..?
    I’m struggling with this one πŸ™

  26. Jaynie

    Hugo,I am SO sorry I didnt think that request through properly,did I?!!
    I was thinking….Who is thirsty? For the question,as some of my students find thirsty difficult to say.Then- I am,You are,He is,She is,We are,They are,Everybody is,Nobody is-for the squares and for the player check cards.
    If this is at all difficult for the grapics then,please do just forget about making this request.
    Im sure I could easily think of plenty more! Ha Ha!
    Thank you SO much for your time and trouble.
    PS: I loved your video on You Tube:)

  27. Hugo

    Hi Jaynie,

    I’ll get them done and send it to Richard.

    And, there’s no problem if you have more requests πŸ™‚


  28. Jaynie

    Thank you SO much.
    Your playing with fire saying that about more requests!
    I can think of lots!
    Thank you again.I will be in touch! πŸ™‚

  29. gumby

    Here is another idea. Have the pictures in place of the words. Students randomly write numbers under the flaps.
    For example students say a number and you open and close the fortune teller by that number. Then you ask, Who is hungry? The student would pick from one of the four pictures (ex He is hungry.) You open up that flap and find the corresponding number.

    You could require that the student find all the numbers, or assign a number to a certain body part as in the Pesky Hound game, or have each number represent a different number of points etc.

    This way you add the element of chance and each student would have a personalized fortune teller.

  30. Jaynie

    Dear Gumby,thats also a great idea.Thank you.

  31. Maria

    HUGO, The Origami Game is great!In Austria it is called “Heaven and hell”. Would it be possible to get it for other themes like β€œhow are you”, β€œweather”, β€œbody parts”, fruits, vegetables and animals ,…Yes , and maybe a template? Thank you sooo much .

  32. Fanitsa

    Hi Richard, at the start of the comments you mentioned “Hugo also has a How are you? version. If you’d like to see it, or have them for any other themes, then do let us know in the comments!” I am trying to find it in the comments as you suggested but I can’t see it anywhere? Is there a how are you version somewhere? please let me know. Thank you Fanitsa

  33. Richard

    Hi Fanitsa,

    We’ll get them up soon! πŸ™‚

  34. gumby

    I looked for the ‘How are you?’ version but couldn’t find it. Can anyone point me in the right direction?

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