Introduction: How to Make a Cootie Catcher
These are our highly technical instructions on how to re-live your elementary school days and make a cootie catcher. This is a simple and fun activity for children of any age.
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Start with a rectangular piece of paper.
Take the top corner and fold it down to the other side of the paper until it forms a right triangle, by matching the top edge to the side edge. You will have excess paper along the bottom.
Use the scissors to cut off the excess section (you can also tear the strip off by folding it back and forth until the paper is ready to rip). You should now have a square piece of paper folded in a triangular shape.
Open up the triangle so that you have a square.
Fold the corner with a crease to the other corner with a crease to make another right triangle.
Open up the triangle to show a square with creases down each diagonal making four triangles
Fold each corner of the square so that the point touches the center of the paper (the point where the creases meet). Repeat for all four corners. You will now have a square again.
Flip over the paper.
Fold each corner so that the point touches the center of the paper (the point where the creases meet). Repeat for all four corners. You will now have a square again.
You will now have eight distinct sections, or triangles.
Number each triangle 1 through 8. If you wish to place fortunes on each number, you can open each flap and write in fortunes, two for each flap, one on each half.
Fold in half, with the numbers inside the fold.
Now, with the crease on the bottom, pinch both ends of the fold, one in each hand, and push the two ends of the fold towards middle. It should make the rest of the paper jut outward in a pyramidal shape
The cootie catcher is then opened by bringing each corner to a point and sticking fingers into the back pockets created by the folds on the back.