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How to make cootie catchers: Animal template

Are you looking for a fun, and fabulous cootie catcher template to do with the kids, or get them to do on their own so their hands are busy, busy, busy? If you are, this is the template for you! We are showing you how to make cootie catchers alongside giving you a special animal template so the kids can find out just what animal they are!

How to make cootie catchers

Our final sheet within this template gives you the full instructions for making a cootie catcher. It really ios as simple as this:

  1. Cut and flip over,
  2. Fold in half to crease it, but then
  3. Unfold,
  4. Fold in half again the other way, and again,
  5. Unfold. You should now have a square with creases across the diagonals.
  6. Fold the bottom left corner into the centre,
  7. Repeat this with all the four corners,
  8. Turn the paper over,
  9. Fold the bottom left corner into the centre again.
  10. Repeat again with all four corners,
  11. Turn over,
  12. Fold in half as show in the image,
  13. Unfold, and then
  14. Fold in half again and this time put your fingers in the flaps that have been created, finally
  15. Squeeze your fingers together to open up your cootie catcher, and
  16. Have as much fun with it as you want!

For this particular cootie catcher, we have an animal theme. As always with cootie catchers, there are number 1 to 8. Each of the flaps has a different animal on it, and there are 8 different animals inside this cootie catcher as well.

How to play with your animal cootie catcher template

There are four animals on your cootie catcher on each of the flaps:

  • Monkey,
  • Cow,
  • Tiger, and an
  • Elephant.

You can choose to have these as decoration, or you could have teams, each with those different animals as their team name!

The animal cootie catcher can be played with in a couple of different ways:

  • Use the simple way, and just pick a animal based on the numbers that you choose within the cootie catcher. Usually, you get a friend to pick a number, move the cootie catcher that number, and then repeat. Your friend then picks a final number and you can look under it to see what animal they are. This ends the game.
  • To add a little more to the animal cootie catcher game, perhaps the friend can then make a noise like the animal, or behave like the animal, or even, write a story about the animal they get!
  • To incorporate a little learning into the cootie catcher, why not:
    • Write a story about the animal they get in the cootie catcher,
    • Write out, and spell the animal,
    • Draw the animal,
    • Think about where the animal might live, both in what animal habitat, and even in which countries,
    • Think about what the animal eats, and finally perhaps
    • Write a poem about the animal.

There are loads of ways to use this animal cootie catcher, aside from just using it the learn how to make cootie catchers of course 😂

To download your cootie catcher – click on the button below:

We hope that you like this printable from KiddyCharts, and we would love to see you on the site again. Why not check out some of these other animal printables too, and this fortune teller (which is another term for a cootie catcher) kindness activity:

Bird and animal related activities on KiddyCharts

Some more ideas for what to do with the kids to inspire them around nature, animals and birds. We've got some lovely ideas, so why not check them out here.

And some ideas off site too:

Other animal activities from the internet

Some more ideas with animals from the wider internet, and not just on KiddyCharts.

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Helen is a mum to two, social media consultant, and website editor; and this site is (we think) the only Social Enterprise parenting magazine! Since giving up being a business analyst when juggling travel, work and kids proved too complicated, she founded KiddyCharts so she could be with her kids, and use those grey cells at the same time. KiddyCharts has reach of over 1.1million across social and the site. The blog works with big family brands (including travel) to help promote their services, as well as offering free resources to parents of kids under 10. It gives 51%+ profits to Reverence for Life, who fund a number of important initiatives in Africa, including bringing running water and basic equipment to a school in Tanzania. Helen has worked as a digital marketing consultant (IDM qualified) with various organisations, including Channel Mum, Truprint, Talk to Mums, and Micro Scooters. She loves to be creative in the brand campaigns she works on. Get in touch TODAY!

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