Chatterbox Fun

How to make a Chatterbox - Classic game and so much fun

Ah, this brings back many memories. I haven’t made one of these chatterboxes for a long, long while but have recently been making them again with my kids. 

If anyone needs a refresher, here’s a step by step process how to make a chatterbox with an A4 piece of paper. I’ve written instructions for each picture represented below plus there’s a video by my daughter.
How to make a Chatterbox - Classic game

1. You can use square origami paper, but I just use regular A4 paper.

2. Cut to size. Simply fold the right hand bottom corner in to line up with the top edge (and thus forming a square).

3. Trim excess paper and open up the square. This means the first step of folding the paper is already done (you can see the one fold line). If you’re already staring with square paper, start at this point and fold your paper in half, point tip to point tip (so fold the diamond in half).

4. Fold again in half, point tip to point tip (fold the diamond in half).

5. Take the first corner point and fold into the centre.

6. Do again with the second.

7. And third.

8. And fourth.

9. Turn over.

10. Again, bring the first point in the centre and fold.

11. Do with the second point.

12. And third.

13. And fourth.

14. Fold in half to help assist in opening the chatterbox. 

15. Ease your fingers into the four openings and open out.

16. Ensure the middle flip-open sections stay inside.

17. Decorate (see below for ideas).


The great thing about a chatterbox is you can tailor it however you like. Think birthday party games, school holiday activity, family nights or just because. There are three levels to write on:

Top: Make it colourful and fun! Can be colours, names, animals, anything really!

Inside: Numbers work well but you can write names or draw pictures.

Opening: Write an action.

These can be made for different themes. Below are example ideas:

  • Nature: Top: draw four different coloured flowers | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. feel the bark of a tree 2. count birds 3. find 5 leaves 4. find a pet rock 5. name 3 different colours you can see 6. run on grass with bare feet 7. find an animal 8. run between 2 trees 3 times.
  • Animals: Top: draw or write four different animals | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. bark like dog 2. meow like a cat 3. oink like a pig 4. neigh like a horse 5. moo like a cow 6. jump like kangaroo 7. slither like a snake 8. walk like a sloth.
  • Exercise: Top: four different colours | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. jump up and down 2. do 10 push ups 3. skip for 1 minute 4. 30 second plank 5. run around the house 6. 20 squats 7. 20 sit ups 8. 15 star jumps
  • About me: Top: draw or write four items that represent the person | Inside: numbers: | Opening: write 8 facts about the person.
  • Drama: Top: draw happy, sad, mad, surprised face | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. do three laughs 2. fake cry 3. say the line, “line from a favourite movie” 4. meet the Queen 5. you’re in a dark alley 6. walk through Autumn Leaves 7. you lost something 8. you’re shocked
  • Conversational: Top: four different colours | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. What were you doing the last time you felt really happy? 2. what was the best thing about your day? 3. What is a dream? 4. If you had a spare $10K, what would you spend it on? 5. If you could go anywhere in the world right now, where would it be? 6. What is your biggest struggle right now? 7. Say something nice about someone. 8. How could you say I love you, and not use words?
  • Sight words: Top: Four short sight words | Inside: numbers | Opening: 1. Write ______ 2. Make up a song with _____ in it 3. Use you finger to write _____ 4. Spell _____ out loud, slow and fast 5. Write _____ with each letter a difference colour 6. I’ll spell it, you spell it. 7. Write out ____ 3 times.  8. Write out the letters in ____, cut, jumble and reassemble.

Once you start thinking about it there are so many ways to have fun with this.

How to make a Chatterbox - and ideas for what to write inside

We did a mish-mash and often when we do these types of things, we play on and off for days. 

1. Do three different laughs

2. Sing something

3. Show me your dance moves

4. 10 push ups!

5. Jump up and down 10 times

6. Run around the house

7. Tell a joke

8. Fake cry

All of these things only take a minute, so the kids come to me randomly to do it, and it only takes a few minutes out of my day. A few days ago, I was jumping in the kitchen while doing dinner. Interaction. 

Video Tutorial

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  • Reply
    Amanda from Simple home cook
    May 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm

    I LOVE THESE!! Can’t wait to make them with my kids this weekend. Thanks Kelly!

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    sangeetha menon
    May 14, 2015 at 3:28 pm

    went back to school days…this was one fun game to play with friends….

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    October 17, 2015 at 5:02 pm

    Good for kids

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    February 29, 2016 at 8:52 am

    its too hard

    I cant do it

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    Gigi Matumburg
    April 17, 2016 at 2:00 am

    It’s such fun thing to do with kids! LOVE THEM!!!

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      March 10, 2018 at 2:55 am

      yeah i also like it to it

      is so much fun

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    Ellie-may Dobbin from Isle Of Man
    April 17, 2016 at 2:03 am

    Love to make these! So much fun when you have the time.

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    July 17, 2016 at 6:50 pm

    i love these so much

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    April 24, 2017 at 1:09 pm

    i tried it was so fun i really liked the fake cry

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    Mark O'DOwd
    May 16, 2018 at 7:51 am

    Realy great ideas. Thank you. It is not just Mums that want to do this stuff though! If anything I do more of this stuff with the kids.

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    Nonie Margmay
    June 24, 2018 at 2:50 pm

    Great fun. Thanks. From Grammy and Max

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