Cootie catchers are great fun for kids to play, and they lend themselves very well to the learning environment.
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Download this easy-to-edit template using PowerPoint. Click on each section to drop in a graphic or edit the text. Then just print and go. Great for reviewing math, vocabulary, or grammar! Download here: blank-template1
Using It: The “fortune-telling” are prompts related to being creatively self-reliant. I used the principles I follow when I need to be unafraid when moving through uncertain territory. To invoke them with the cootie catcher, follow these 3 steps:
- The outside displays my 4 critical process words: EXPLORE – LEARN – BUILD – SHARE. Pick a word that appeals to you and do the open/close motion for the number of letters in the word. For example, LEARN has five letters, so do the open/close motion for 5 times.
- Now, look inside and pick a number! Do the open-close motion for that amount.
- You can pick whatever word grabs you the most. Lift up the flap to read your creative self-reliant reminder. Try to tie-it-back to the first word you picked, and SHAZAAM! The mystic powers of creativity wash over you!
Here you can download Blank templates for kids to fill out on their own or using ideas from below and also pre-typed templates to print, fold and use! cootie-catcher-files
Any square piece of paper can be made into a Cootie Catcher.
- Cut out the square.
- Fold the paper in half and crease firmly.
- unfold. Then fold the paper in half the other direction, and crease again.
- Fold each corner point into the center.
- flip it over and fold all four of the new corners into the center.
- Under the inside flaps, you have to write a fortune or prediction.
- On top of those flaps, you need to write a number (in the circles).
- On the outside flaps you need to write a word (in the rectangles at the corners). I often have them write types of animals, colors, or other theme type words.
- fold it in half.
- Then unfold and fold it in half the other way.
- Stick your thumbs and first two fingers into the four pockets on the bottom.
How to play:
- Have your player choose one of the top four squares.
- Spell out the word that was chosen, for example D-O-G opening and closing the fortune teller along with the letters. Open up and down, and side to side.
- When you’ve stopped opening and closing, the player should be looking at the inside of your fortune teller. He has to choose one of the flaps with a number. You then open and close the fortune teller the right number of times.
- When done with that, he has to pick one of the panels, flip up the chosen panel and read the fortune underneath.
It is challenging for the clients to fold the paper, write in the spaces, and move the fortune teller in the proper manner with their fingers.
I have made a list of some of the fortunes that the kids like to use, and have printed these fortunes on the samples.
- At lunch, you will laugh so hard, your drink will come out of your nose.
- You will spill ketchup on yourself soon.
- Next time you yawn, a bug will fly in your mouth.
- Tonight you will dream you can fly.
- you will have pizza tonight.
- Your zipper will break.
- A monkey will steal your hat at the zoo.
- A seagull will grab your sandwich from you hand.
- Next time you swing, your shoe will fly off.
- A very large woman will soon give you a hug.
- In class, a bug will crawl up your leg.
- You will fall asleep in your next class.
- You will break a pencil doing your homework.
- You will soon bring me a bag of cookies.
- You will get the hiccups soon.
- You will find money in the street.
- You will find money under the couch cushions.
- You will dream you are falling, and wake up on the floor.
- Next time you sit down, a cat will crawl in your lap.
- After lunch, you will fall out of your chair
Free Fortune Teller one with written in challenges and the other blank so your kids can fill in the challenges of their choosing!
Simple and Sweet Fortune Teller for kids: BrightFuturesPreschoolFortuneTellerfromSeptemberHouse
secret airplane spy hunt to keep the littlest fliers occupied for a few minutes. It’s basically eye spy in reverse. This cootie catcher gives you something you need to spot or find without leaving your seat. 85-airportspy
When you Grow Up: this cootie catcher includes some fun and (sometimes) over-the-top predictions about adult life for little kids longing for that imagined freedom. 95-whenyougrowup
Halloween cootie catchers 163-halloweenkids
It’s THE classic paper fortune teller. MASH stands for “Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House.” These specialized little cootie catchers look into the future and tell you what kind of digs you’ll live in when you grow up. 187_MASH
Cutie Catcher (Disney)
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Download & Print here: cootie-cutie-catcher-printable-0710_FDCOM