Christmas Finger Puzzle

Yesterday, I told my Sunday School class that we were going to make “Christmas Finger Puzzles” for our craft.

They took one look at my finished example and told me that I was making was a “cootie catcher”.

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

No matter how often I tried to correct them, they insisted that these were “cootie catchers”. Apparently, in other places these little origami projects are also called “fortune tellers.”

Apart from the names, this is a really fun little Christmas project to work on.

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

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Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

These Christmas Finger Puzzles feature words to spell on the outside, numbered Christmas pictures on the next layer, Christmas related questions to answer, and Christmas Bible verses on the inside.  These Finger Puzzles come in both full color and black and white versions (so kids can color their own!). They are also available in King James , New International, and English Standard Bible Versions.

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

To play, have your child insert their thumb and index finger from each hand into the flaps in the back. Open and close the finger puzzle in different directions as you spell one of the words from the outer layer. Then, pick a picture from the inside. Open and close the finger puzzle the number of times indicated on the picture you chose. Choose one more image. Open that flap and choose a number from one to four. Read the verse or question from the chosen number.

Adorable printable Christmas finger puzzle with Bible verses - These are perfect for home use or Sunday School!

My 3rd and 4rth grade Sunday School class enjoyed cutting and folding these Christmas Finger Puzzles, then asking each other questions and reading the verses.

Unfortunately, on the way out, one of my students proudly showed their parents their finger puzzle and said “Look, we made cootie catchers.” And the parent glanced up at me and said, “You learned about cooties in Sunday School?”

Next week I may be the ex-3rd and 4rth grade Sunday School teacher.

Have a very Merry Christmas!

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53 thoughts on “Christmas Finger Puzzle

  1. Beautiful craft! At least the child didn’t say, as they have for me when I made a similar one, ‘we made fortune tellers!’.

  2. Thank You so much for the Christmas finger puppet. I couldn’t wait to share your sweet site with my daughter & grandkids . Your kindness is an inspiration . . . and a Blessing . Merry Christmas !

  3. Hey, thanks so much for the instant access to this Christmas Puzzle. Last week, our new Pastor’s twin boys (Grade 2) were making some sort of Origami Paper Box for my husband (we both teach Children’s Church Hour for Grades 1 to 5 – – -a broader range of ability levels, I know, but we manage), and I am sure that they will be excited with this activity. (I had been trying to think of a good “filler” project for tomorrow, and I don’t have time to run to the craft store to get supplies for many of the projects that I normally do at this time of year.) I printed it out in its “full size,” which still fit the 8 ½ by 11” paper. I made both color copies and the BW (for those who wish to color their own) – I imagine that the kids will already know how to do the folding!

    OH, I do remember making these foldable finger puzzles when I was a child – ahem. ..over 35 years ago! And, you are correct . . .they were called “fortune tellers,” etc. Anyway, they are still very popular with kids, today, and we will make sure that we call them “Finger Puzzles,” not “Cootie Catchers” or “Fortune Tellers!” (Keep the parents happy, especially the Pastor’s kids! LOL!!) Thanks, again! You have a wonderful site, which I shall visit, often! Blessing to you!

  4. Your Christmas Finger Puzzle Printable were adorable.

    I had no problem downloading the puzzle or the instructions on folding. However, I need the instructions on how to use them.

    It has been a few years since I worked them in school. (Not saying how many years.) I remember moving the number of times listed.
    How do you move them from the 4 squares with pictures to the 8 triangles with pictures and numbers to the 8 triangles with questions to the 8 triangles with verses?
    Is there a follow-thru to answer the question or is it all random? Could you give me an example? I am making it out to be more complicated than it is. I don’t know how to get to the answer from the question. My husband could not figure it out either. I want to have it down pat before I introduce it to my 1st – 3rd grade class.
    Thank you.

    • Sure, Rachel. So, if Child A is holding the puzzle, Child B chooses one of the four images on the top of the puzzle. Child A opens and closes the puzzle back and forth as he spells out the word under the chosen image. At the last letter, he holds the puzzle open. Child B then chooses one of the eight images from the interior of the puzzle. Child A opens and closes the puzzle the number of times indicated by the number under the chosen image. On the last number, he holds the puzzle open again. Child B chooses another of the eight images from the interior of the puzzle. Child A opens the flap that includes the chosen image. Child B chooses a number from 1 to 4. Child A reads the verse or question from the chosen number. I hope this helps!

  5. I would love to be able to print out and make these with my sunday school kids.
    Thank you. They look fun, interesting and conversation provoking x

  6. Hi Anna! This is AMAZING! I can’t wait to use these for our small group time this December! About how long will it take for the email download to arrive? Just planning ahead. Thanks SO much! 🙂

  7. Fabulous idea! I cannot get my 4th grade RE class to stop folding papers, so giving them this to fold and play with at our class party is perfect!

  8. Looks like a great craft. I’m looking for a grade 3/4 printable mini nativity book to place in a package with hot chocolate mix for the class to assemble and give away. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks, Elsa

  9. I would love to print your Christmas finger puzzle for my kids. I couldn’t find the link to do so. Would it be possible for you to send it to me in the ESV?

  10. Thank you! It’s delightful! My students visit residents at the nursing home across the street. We will take these for all to enjoy!

    • Ines, me gustaría ofrecer estos en español, pero no tengo el tiempo o los recursos para hacerlo en este momento. Si Dios quiere, algún día podré traducirlos. ¡Que Dios te bendiga!

  11. Wow, this Is one of my favorite things I have seen this season!
    My history with printables is that I love them, but the kids don’t really want to sit down and do them.
    I know they will love these, since they create their own versions all the time! No pencil, no writing, and yet they are learning just the same!