This portable travel bed is wonderful for toddlers! Here you will find the basic instructions, followed by a video demonstrating these steps, instructions for how to play what to write in a paper fortune teller it, and some printable cootie catcher templates to print. Here is how to make a Cootie Catcher and have fun with your family members on a long car trip or just keep busy. You will need: a sheet sheet of paper, scissors, and a pencil or markers.
If you start with a standard sheet of paper you will need to make it square by folding one corner over to the edge and cutting off the extra flap. Unfold it and you have a square. Fold the other corners and crease again. Unfold so you are back to the square. Next, fold each corner point into the center of the paper. Use the creases as a guide to help keep your folds straight.
With all four corners folded it should look like this. With all of the corners folded in it will look like this. Lift up the flaps and write the fortunes under here. Write the numbers 1-8 on each of the triangles.
Flip it over and color or write the name of a different color on each flap. Crease it along the flap lines, then flip it back over and stick your two thumbs and two forefingers into each of the four flap pockets. Slip your fingers all the way up to the corners and then bring your fingers together. Have a player choose one of the top four squares.
Spell the color they chose while you open and close the Cootie Catcher once for each letter in the color they selected. The player then selects one of the four visible numbers on the inside. Open up and down and side to side as you count the right amount they picked. When you’ve stopped counting, look inside and let the player choose again. Someday you will be the President of the United States. Today you will find something you thought was lost.
You will do a good deed today. You will receive an award this month. You will make a new friend soon. You will make straight A’s on your report card. You will learn a new game. You’ll succeed at something you didn’t know you could do. You will receive a nice surprise soon.
These have many uses these days. One reader wrote in to tell me she’s making cootie catchers with scripture verses for her Bible group, and another wrote to share how they use “actions” instead of fortunes for a pre-school group. This has also become a popular activity to have at wedding receptions. Personally I think it’s the most fun to make your own cootie catcher, but some people like to print a ready-made item, so I created some printable templates of cootie catchers for printer-happy people. These are also posted on the Printable Car Games page with all the other printable road trip games and activities.
VIDEO: And finally, if you need a real time visual, here’s my video with step by step instructions on how to make a Cootie Catcher! It’s as much fun making Cootie Catchers as it is playing with them! Have fun and remember, Cootie Catcher “fortunes” are just for fun, and that only you can determine your future! You may also like How to Make a Paper Popper ! You will love How to make Slime ! Laurel Smith is a former schoolteacher and mother of three who has logged thousands of road trip miles both as a kid and a mom.
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