Disney’s Robin Hood: Fortune Telling
Hiss: Sire! Sire! They may be bandits
Prince John: Oh, poppycock. Female bandits? What next? Rubbish.
Oodelaly! I ask you: why do we not use oodelaly in our every day vocabulary? It’s such a fun word! Of all the Disney villains, Prince John has the best vocabulary. I love watching Robin Hood even more as an adult than I did as a child. There are so many witty sayings I missed!
My favorite scene has to be when Robin Hood and Little John dress up as women, pretend to be fortune tellers, and rob Prince John clear down to his knickers. The best part, of course, is when Prince John calls for “mommy!” and sucks his thumb. It’s just perfect.
What a perfect reason to tell my kids’ fortunes! For the best effect I had to wait to do the fortune telling activity when it was dark.
- A Crystal Ball (I used my daughter’s Orbeez night light, but you could use a balloon with a glow stick inside)
- A Deck of Playing Cards
- A Blanket
- A Welcome Sign (optional; I used the kids’ paint easel)
- Lighting (optional; I used my black light and some Christmas lights)
- A Costume (optional: I chose to wear a white shawl, a scarf around my head, and a jewel on my forehead)
- Find a place to lay out your blanket and pillows. This will be where you sit.
- Set up your sign welcoming people to your fortune telling station.
- Put on your costume and get into character.
- Add your lighting. I strung the Christmas lights up in the girls’ closet and put the black light on the floor behind me. The girls ooh-ed and aah-ed when I finally let them into the room to see what I was up to.
How to Play:
- Welcome the kids to your fortune telling booth.
- Start by looking into the crystal ball with each child.
- This gives you a wonderful opportunity to tell your children that you think they are beautiful/handsome, smart, fun, and that you think they will go far in life. Let them know that they are loved and will continue to be loved in the future.
- Do some palm reading. Tell the kids they have a long life line and are going to lead happy, healthy lives.
- Finally, read the cards with your kids. Let them pick out a good amount of cards (at least 10).
- Separate their cards into suits. Hearts = Love, Clubs = Luck, Diamonds = Wealth, and Spades = Trials. Read their fortune based on the amount of cards in each suit pile. For example: if they have lots of hearts tell the kids they will be well loved by everyone.
My kids loved visiting Madam Momzini (and I’ll admit I had fun being Madam Momzini).
After I had finished, Princess wanted a chance to be Madam Momzini.
She had lots of fun telling Goofy’s fortune.
I couldn’t be happier with how this activity turned out. I had so much fun and it gave me the opportunity to let my kids know how much I love them.
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