Chatterboxes are one of the simplest origami tricks to master, but they were popular in the schoolyard before kids even knew what origami was.
Time: 5 minutes
1 Sheet of A4 Paper
Take a piece of A4 Paper. Take one corner and fold it down to create a triangle.
Then fold along the rectangular piece left over. Cut or tear this from the triangle.
Unfold the triangle so that you have a square with a crease diagonally down the centre. Fold so that there is a matching diagonal line going in the other direction.
Unfold again, and then begin folding each corner into the centre of the square. When you're finished you should have another, smaller, square.
Flip the square over, and repeat by folding each corner into the centre.
The chatterbox is now finished. Slide your thumbs and index fingers into the four pockets, and push against them to puff out the chatter box.
Lay the chatterbox flat again, and then colour in each of the outer squares.
Open it up and write numbers on the inside, from 1-8.
To play, put the chatterbox on your fingers and get a friend to pick a colour. Open the chatter box back and forth, once for each letter of the colour. Then get a friend to pick a number, once again open it back and forth for the amount of times they've chosen.
Get them to pick another number, and then open up that flap. You can write truths or dares inside each flap, and whichever one they open, they have to complete.
You can use a chatterbox any way you like. While it works well for the truth or dare game, it could also be used as a learning tool.
Instead of blue, red, yellow, and green, use bleu, rouge, jaune, and vert, and inside the final flaps put a phrase students have to translate, or an activity they have to complete.
It could also be turned into a creative maths game.
It's an easy thing to make, regardless of its use. So next time you get a tension headache while folding a paper crane, why not try a chatterbox instead.