# Craft: Cootie Catchers

Make a Cootie Catcher and have fun with your friends. Cootie Catchers are fun for telling fortunes. Pick a theme for your Cootie Catcher and then have your friends ask it a question and see what answer will be revealed. This fun craft for kids can be used over and over again. This is a great craft for birthday parties.

## What you need:

• Scissors
• Rectangular sheet of plain paper
• Pen or Markers

## What you do:

Follow these step by step instructions to create your very own Cootie Catcher.

1. Fold the bottom of the paper to the side of the page to make a triangle.

2. Use scissors to cut off the flap at the top.

3. Open the triangle and you will have a square.

4. Fold one corner of the paper diagonally to the other corner.

5. Open your paper. You will now have a center point marked on the paper.

6. Fold each corner of the paper towards the center.

7. When all four corners have been folded, your Cootie Catcher should look like this.
8. Turn the paper over so that the folded sides are face down.
9. Then fold all the corners to the center diagonally.
10. Once you have folded in the four corners, write the numbers one through 8 on each of the triangles.
11. Hold the paper in front of you as shown and fold it into a square.
12. Now unfold and fold the square in half horizontally.
13. Open each flap and write something on each triangle. What you write depends on the type of Cootie catcher you have made.

14. Flip the Cootie Catcher over and write the name of a colour, animal, person or place on the flap.
15. Flip the Cootie Catcher over so that the numbers are face up. Fold the square in half and slip your thumbs and pointer finger under the four flaps.

## How to play:

1. Find a friend and ask them to pick a colour, animal, person or place that you have written on one of the flaps.
2. Moving the flaps in and out and side to side in time with the letters, spell out the word they have chosen.
3. Open the Cootie Catcher to reveal the numbers and ask them to pick one. Count out the number they have chosen by moving the flaps in and out and side to side. Ask them to pick another number and count it out in the same manner.
4. This time ask them to pick a third number and reveal the answer you have written on the inside flap.