Growing up, I remember fortune tellers being one of the most popular recess or lunchtime games. Also known as "cootie catchers", we used our amateur origami skills to predict our futures. First, we'd pose a yes/no question. Then we'd choose a color on the outside flaps and spell it out, opening and closing the mouth of the fortune teller for every letter. We picked a number on the inside, counted it out, and then picked another number. The answer to our question was underneath the number flap: "yes", "no", "maybe so", "no way", 'try again", "I think you know"... We could spend hours asking questions and choosing our destinies!
I decided fortune tellers would be an awesome way to teach our Young Lions some English words, and get them out of their seats at the same time! What was also exciting to see was that the kids were familiar with fortune tellers, and some knew how to fold the fortune tellers already. It was amazing to see this connection between their childhoods and my own (maybe I'm not so old school, after all)! But for this workshop, we used the fortune tellers for something totally different: instead of writing answers to yes/no questions, the Young Lions wrote down English words they could act out. They'd take turns choosing their moves, and at the same time they learned those moves in English.
It's great to see that even the silliest childhood games can be educational and fun at the same time. What a great first workshop for me to lead. Thanks for making it so fun, Young Lions!
Unfortunately we will be stopping the Young Lions after school program for a few weeks since we have recently moved our office to a new location. Although we will truly miss the friends we've made in our old neighbourhood, we are excited to reach out to some new children who are ready to take on the role of being a Young Lion.