Cootie catchers, sometimes known as paper fortune tellers, have long been a favorite activity of elementary-and middle-schoolers, but folks of all ages can enjoy these origami paper crafts. Origami is the Japanese word for "paper-folding," though the art of paper-folding arose separately in Japan, China, and Europe at different times.
Although you might remember how to fold a cootie catcher from a piece of lined notebook paper, it's also fun to find one that's been designed in a special theme. When you find the one you like, simply download, print, and fold the paper template, and then grab a friend to have a little nostalgic fun.
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Origami Cootie Catcher
If you need to refresh your memory on how to make one of these origami fortune tellers, this easy-to-follow tutorial will have you caught up in no time.
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Shark Cootie Catcher
Those who love sea creatures will adore this printable cootie catcher in the theme of a shark fortune teller. The template is free to download and print at home. These shark cootie catchers double as puppets. If the kids want their own animals, there are other creatures to choose from, too, including tigers, peacocks, and unicorns.
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Kindness Cootie Catchers
Teach the kids the concept of "paying it forward" with a Kindness Cootie Catcher, a nice idea from Coffee Cups and Crayons. Instead of fortunes or riddles, the interior of the folded paper gives ideas for how to complete an act of kindness for another person.Continue to 5 of 10 below.
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Harry Potter Sorting Hat Cootie Catcher
"Harry Potter" fans will love this Sorting Hat-themed cootie catcher printable. This fortune teller will decide which Hogwarts house you should belong to Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw, or Slytherin.
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Boredom Buster Cootie Catcher
This boredom buster cootie catcher is part of a pack of free activities for keeping kids busy and stimulated during holidays or at parties. The printable pack also includes quiet activities such as coloring sheets and craft activity sheets.
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Fortune Teller Wedding Favors
Give your wedding guests a chance to get to know one another printable cootie catchers. Place these cootie catchers at the table for your guests to play with, and they will laugh and become quick friends by the end of the cocktail hour.
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Customizable Origami Fortune Teller
Create your own customized cootie catcher with a blank printable. Once you have downloaded, printed, and folded the craft, you can write in fortunes, riddles, games, or your choice of message on the inside.