How to Play Cootie Catcher [Free Blank Template]

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Unlock the secrets of how to play Cootie Catcher with our comprehensive guide and free blank template. Perfect for children and teens, learn to create and play this classic game for endless fun and imaginative fortune-telling.

Learn How to Play Cootie Catcher 

Learning to fold paper is a skill most children start to tackle around the age of 2. They become more accurate as they mature and practice. This cootie catcher is a greater activity for kids who are just learning to fold and big kids who have since mastered the skill. 

What is a Cootie Catcher?

A Cootie Catcher is a simple origami craft that children like to use to play games with each other. After the paper is folded, the faces are labeled with numbers that give the player options to choose from and the inside of the flaps have hidden messages written on them. You can even add jokes to give the player a great laugh.

How to play cootie catcher game

  • Find a friend to play with and ask them to choose a picture from the top flaps. 
  • Open and close the cootie catcher as you spell out the name of the picture your friend chose. 
  • When you’re done spelling, keep the cootie catcher open and  have your friend choose a number. 
  • Open and close the cootie catcher the number of times your friend just picked.
  • When done counting, ask your friend to choose one more number and open the flap to the corresponding number.
  • Open the flap and read the hidden message. 

How To Make A Cootie Catcher 

Supplies Needed:

  • Cootie Catcher Printable
  • Scissors
  • Markers


  • Download and print the cootie catcher printable
  • Cut out the square template
  • Fold the square from top to bottom on the middle line, with the picture face down and then unfold
  • Next fold the paper in the middle from left to right and unfold
  • With the square face down, fold each corner towards the middle so the point is touching the middle of the square
  • Keeping the paper folded, flip the square over and fold each corner to the center of the square
  • Fold the square in half, top to bottom and crease firmly and keep folded
  • Write on your cootie catcher
    • Write a number on the top flap
    • Open each flap and write a hidden message, joke or kind note
    • On the outside flap write the name of a color or show a picture. 
  • Put your pointer fingers and thumbs into the flaps at the bottom 

Cootie Catcher Questions 

  • If you could be an animal, what would you choose?
  • What is the funniest thing that happened to you today?
  • If you could travel anywhere, where would you go?
  • If you had a magic wand, what is one thing you would change about the world?
  • What is your favorite movie and why?
  • Who is your best friend and what do you like most about them?
  • What is one thing that always makes you happy?
  • If you could only eat one thing for the rest of your life, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite thing to do with your family?
  • If you could switch lives with anybody for a day, who would you choose and why?
  • Who is your funniest friend and why?
  • If you could design a new toy, what would it be and how would it work?
  • What is your favorite thing to do on a rainy day?
  • If you could be in a movie, what would it be and who would you play?
  • What is something you’re really good at?
  • If you could travel in time where and when would you go?
  • What is your favorite joke?
  • If you could play any instrument, what would it be?
  • What is your favorite animal?

Try some compliments or kind phrases on your cootie catcher

  • Smile are contagious, Spread some today
  • Make a new friend and brighten their day
  • Today is a perfect day to try something new
  • Happiness is your superpower, use it wisely
  • You will make someone happy today
  • You are an awesome friend
  • If I had to give you a score from one to ten, it would be an eleven
  • Your kindness is like a warm sunny day

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