Deborah Diesen
Children's Author

Just For

Cootie-Catcher Folding Instructions

This page will show you how to fold your cootie-catcher.  Make sure you ask permission from your Mom or Dad before you get started.

1.  If you haven't already, download and print the cootie-catcher.  I have two version of the cootie-catcher file available for download.  Which one you use will depend on what your browser uses to open and read the file.  Click here for the smaller format version.  Before you print it, do a page preview.  The cootie catcher should fit onto one page and be approximately 8 inches by 8 inches.  If it looks about right, you're all set.  Go ahead and print (ideally in color, but black and white will do).  But if the link took you to a cootie catcher that looks tiny (about an inch-and-a-half square), click here for a much larger version.  (Caution:  The larger file is 1.62 MB, which may take 15 minutes or more on dial-up.)

2.  Ask an adult to help you trim the printout.  You or the adult who is helping you should trim away the plain white paper.  You'll end up with a colorful square.  Like this:
Before any folding

3.  Turn the colored side down and the white side up.  Fold the paper in half so you have a triangle.  Then unfold it and refold it the other way.  Like this:
Start with the colored side downFold in half the other wayFold in half

4.  Next, ask a grown-up to cut the small dotted lines between the white fortune triangles, the ones that go halfway to the center.  Do not cut all the way to the center!  If you're not sure what to cut, you may skip this step.  If you do cut, it will look like this:
Have a grownup cut on the dotted lines

5.  Now, take your unfolded cootie-catcher and place it colored side down and white side up again.  Fold the corners to the center, one by one.  Like this:
Fold the first corner in to the centerNow fold the second corner inNow fold the third corner inFold the fourth corner in, and you have a square again

6.  Flip the square over, so that you see the fortune side:
Fortune side up

Then fold each tip into the center.  If you made the cut in step 4, you'll fold a total of eight tips into the center.  If you didn't make any cuts, you'll fold four tips into the center.  Along the way, it'll look like this:
Start folding the fortunes inKeep folding tips to the center
Fold more tips inKeep folding fortunes in

When you're done with this step, it will look like this:
Now all the fortunes are folded in

6.  Now fold your square in half into two rectangles.  Then unfold it and fold it in half into two rectangles the other way.  (This folding makes it a little easier to do the last step.)  Like this:
Fold in half the other wayFold in half with the numbers showing

7.  This last part is the tricky part.  With the numbered side up, put one of your hands into the underside while pushing up a little.  You may need to use the other hand to keep the numbered tips in while you push.  Once you get one hand into two of the slots of the underside, place your other hand in the other two slots and push up again.  Ask a grown-up for help with this step if it's not working.
Pick it up, with the number-side up   Place one hand underneath, on the colors side   Your hand goes in...

When you're all done, your cootie-catcher should look like this!

Voila!  You are done!

the cootie-catcher is just for fun, and it doesn't really tell fortunes or predict the future.  But I hope you enjoy it!

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