Make a cootie catcher

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How to Make a Cootie Catcher or a Paper Fortune Teller

Follow these directions to make a cootie catcher. When you are finished read the instructions at the end on how to play.
1. Start with a rectangular sheet of paper. Fold the bottom of the paper to the side of the page to make a triangle.
2. Then cut off the flap above the triangle.
3. Now open the triangle and you'll have a square.
4. Fold one corner to the other corner diagonally.
5. Open paper.
6. Fold corners toward center of paper.
7. When all 4 corners are folded, your paper will look like this.
8. Flip your paper over so the folded sides are face down.
9. Again, fold corners toward center diagonally.
10. When all 4 corners are folded, your paper will look like this.
11. On the same side, write the numbers 1 through 8, putting one number in each triangle.
12. Hold the paper in front of you like a square. Fold it in half vertically and open it back up again.
13. Then fold the square in half horizontally and open it back up again. Make sure that the numbers you've written are facing you.
14. Open each flap and write a fortune on each triangle inside. When your fortunes are written, close all the flaps. Here are some fortune ideas to get you started, but feel free to make up some of your own.
15. Flip the paper over and color each square with a different color.
16. Flip the paper over again so that the numbers are face up. Fold the square in half, either horizontally or vertically. Slide your thumbs and fingers under the four flaps.
17. Finally, rotate your hands, bringing your thumbs and index fingers together. The cootie catcher should expand. The numbered triangles will disappear inside, like the middle of a flower when the petals close. Then open and play!

How to Play

You'll need 2-4 players. Have a player choose a color on the cootie cathcer. Open and close the Cootie Catcher one time for every letter of the color. Have a player choose a number from 1 to 10. Open and close the Cootie Catcher that number of times. The player then selects 1 of the 4 visible flaps revealed when you stop. Read the player's fortune. Remember, this is just for fun, and only you can determine your future!

Fortune Ideas

  • Someday you will be an astronaut.
  • Today you will score a goal at practice.
  • You will be the President of the United States.
  • You will travel somewhere cool.
  • You will help someone this week.
  • You will receive an award this month.
  • There is a great hair day in your future.
  • You will meet a new friend soon.
  • You will do really well in school this year.
  • You will get a raise in your allowance.
  • You will help your parents make dinner sometime this week.
  • You will learn a new game.
  • You will receive a nice surprise in the mail.
  • You will succeed at something you didn't know you could do.
  • You will marry a really rich guy.
  • You will win the lottery.


  • ISBN 0312008988
  • ISBN 0486272982

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