you will find the basic instructions, followed by a video demonstrating
these steps, instructions for how to play with it, and some printable cootie
catcher templates to print.
is how to make a Cootie Catcher and have fun with your family members on
a long car trip or just keep busy. Making a Cootie Catcher is half of the
fun, and then you can play with it to reveal answers or fortunes.
Tell it to pick a color. Now pick a number, and then another number. Then
your fortune says, "Today is your lucky day!" Just show them how to do
this once, and your kids can create all sorts of cootie catcher
games, and you'll have an activity that will keep
your kids busy and filled with creativity!
will need: a sheet sheet of paper, scissors, and a pencil or markers.
how to make a basic Cootie Catcher:
1. If you start with a standard sheet of paper you will need
to make it square by folding one corner over to the edge and cutting off
the extra flap.
Step 2. Unfold it
and you have a square.
Step 3. Fold the
other corners and crease again. Unfold so you are back to the square.
Step 4. Next,
fold each corner point into the center of the paper. Use the creases as
a guide to help keep your folds straight.
Step 5. With
all four corners folded it should look like this.
Step 6. Next,
flip the whole thing over to the other side (for some reason a lot of
people miss this step!) Step 7. and
fold all four corners points into the center again.
Step 8. With
all of the corners folded in it will look like this.
Step 9. Lift
up the flaps and write the fortunes under here.
Step 10. Write
the numbers 1-8 on each of the triangles.
Step 11. Flip
it over and color or write the name of a different color on each flap.
Step 12. Crease it
along the flap lines, then flip it back over and stick your two thumbs
and two forefingers into each of the four flap pockets. Slip your fingers
all the way up to the corners and then bring your fingers together. Your
fingers should press the center creases so that all 4 flaps meet at a point
in the center.
Now you know how to make
a cootie catcher! Please watch my instructional video below if you
still don't get it! Print these instructions to take with you so you can
How to play the Cootie Catcher game
(Paper Fortune Teller):
Have a player choose one of
the top four squares. Spell the color they chose while you open and close
the Cootie Catcher once for each letter in the color they selected. The
player then selects one of the four visible numbers on the inside.
Open up and down and side to side as you count the right amount they picked.
When you've stopped counting, look inside and let the player choose again.
Open and close the right number of times, then choose once more. Open the
panel under the number and read the fortune under the panel. Play again
There are all kinds of variations
to this game. Just use a little imagination when making your cootie catcher.
Instead of colors on the top squares, you can put just about anything --
animals, weather, planets, people, anything! Also, come up with your own
fortunes. Here are a few fortune ideas to get you started:
Cootie Catcher Fortune ideas:
You have a secret admirer.
Someday you will be the President
of the United States.
Today you will find something
you thought was lost.
You will have great wealth.
You will travel somewhere new.
You will do a good deed today.
You will receive an award this
You will make a new friend soon.
You will make straight A's on
your report card.
You need to study harder.
You will forget something important!
You will learn a new game.
Watch out for vampires
You'll succeed at something
you didn't know you could do.
Watch your step!
You will receive a nice surprise
Someone thinks you're cool.
These have many uses these days.
One reader wrote in to tell me she's making cootie catchers with scripture
verses for her Bible group, and another wrote to share how they use "actions"
instead of fortunes for a pre-school group. This has also become a popular
activity to have at wedding receptions. Put some "love" messages or actions
in for the fortunes such as "someone has a crush on you", or "dance the
next dance with the bride" or "kiss the person to your left".
Printable Cootie Catcher Template Personally I think it's
the most fun to make your own cootie catcher, but some people like to print
a ready-made item, so I created some printable templates of cootie catchers
for printer-happy people.
Smith is a former schoolteacher and mother of three who has logged thousands
of road trip miles both as a kid and a mom. Visit her website for
more than 101 road trip games and activities for kids at MomsMinivan.com