Thinking all the way back to grade school can make your whole brain hurt. So I’ve put together a little refresher on how to use all these great paper fortune tellers.

 

Step 1: Find a friend. Ask him or her to pick one of the words or numbers on the top of the cootie catcher. Work the cootie catcher back and forth as you count up to the number (1, 2, 3, 4) or spell out the letters in the word (c-0-0-t-i-e).If your friend picked 2, for instance, you’d move it back and forth only two times.

Step 2: Now ask your friend to pick one of the words or numbers on view inside the paper fortune teller. Then work the cootie catcher back and forth again as you count up to the number (1, 2, 3, 4) or spell out the word (c-0-0-t-i-e).

Step 3: OK, it’s time for your friend to make a final selection. Ask him or her to pick one of the letters or numbers on view inside the cootie catcher. Then raise up the flap and reveal the fortune or message!

Step 4: Start all over again! Either with the same friend or a different person.