summaryFortune cookies are fun for reading as well as eating. You don't have to go out to a Chinese restaurant to have them; your kids can make 'em and bake 'em right in your own oven, or poke paper fortunes into packaged cookies.
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MATERIALS: Homemade fortune cookies (or brand-name tubular cookies, such as PepperidgeFarm Pirouettes), paper, pencil or typewriter, scissors
Before they get to the baking part of the activity, the children have to write or type fortunes or other messages on small slips of paper. These slips are wrapped or poked inside the cookies for the eaters to discover and read. Confucius doesn't have anything to say about what goes inside the fortune cookies. It's up to your children, in all their wisdom, to come up with the wit and the words. Here are a few ideas to get them started: Maxims. Write your own word to the wise, such as "The child who does the homework, passes the test" or "He who bakes the cookies gets to lick the bowl. " Book Fortunes. Write fortunes that are meant for the characters in a book. For example, if you are reading Tuck Everlasting, you might write, "Beware of the man in the yellow suit," or "Tucks own words, You cant have living without dying. " Predictions.Serve fortune cookies while you stay up on New Years Eve. The cookies hold your predictions for the new year: Joe will grow two inches. Daddy will shave off his beard. Jenny will finish Gone with the Wind. Fantasy Fortunes. Let your imagination run wild! Create out-of-this-world fortunes that will amaze your friends and family: The rainbow will have an eighth color-ablot-before red. Next month there will be two moons in the sky. Your true love will come to you on a winged dragon. Unfortunate Fortunes. Tease family members with fortunes that read like Murphys Law or that bode bad luck: You will be caught in a rainstorm without an umbrella. You will lose a winning lottery ticket. Remind the children to leave space between the fortunes as they print or type them on a sheet of paper so they can cut them apart into strips narrow enough to wrap or poke inside a cookie. If your general cookbook doesnt have a recipe for making fortune cookies or cigarette rouses (like Pirouettes), two kids activity books do: Steve Caneys Kids America and Gifts of Writing. Or have your children check the index in a childrens cookbook.