Kids are always looking for something to make for their friends on Valentine’s Day. Our free printable cootie catcher is just the thing and it doesn’t cost a dime! How great is that?

Cootie catchers or origami fortune-tellers have been around a long time. Created by folding paper, these cuties evolved into a children’s game where colors, numbers, questions and answers are written on the various folds.

One child operates the origami fortune-teller according to inscriptions the other child has chosen. Each fold leads to another until hidden answers to questions are revealed.

A printer will get you started on this easy craft, so have the kids gather round then count heads to see how many cootie catchers need to be made. Because there is no expense involved, this project would be great to hand out as a favor for a child’s sleepover or even a class party at school.

Load your printer with plain white paper, download our cootie catcher printable and cut it out using scissors. The nice thing is that you won’t need any fancy paper—we’ve already incorporated a colorful design of hearts, numbers and familiar sayings for the occasion.

You may remember how to make cootie catchers but in case you’ve forgotten, we have a cootie catcher directions printable complete with illustrations to help you figure it out. That way you will totally look like you know what you are doing when you show the kids. It all boils down to folding corners of a square piece of paper into the center a few different ways so the points meet in the middle and fingers can be inserted into the pockets.

The kiddos will have a a ton of fun playing with these. They’ll know how to make them for everyday use—just remember to start out with a square piece of plain paper that can be decorated any way they like.

Printable cootie catcher instructions

Printable Cootie Catcher Instructions
  • cootie catcher printable
  • cootie catcher directions printable
  • plain white paper
  • scissors
  1. Download the [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Printable cootie catcher”]cootie catcher printable[/url] and the [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Printable cootie catcher directions”]cootie catcher directions[/url] and open them in [url href=”” target=”_blank” title=”Adobe Reader”]Adobe Reader[/url].
  2. Print and cut out.
  3. Fold paper according to instructions and illustrations on printable.
Cootie catchers are a fun way for kids to engage!