The Cootie Catcher, that little Origami fortune teller toy that almost every 9-year-old in the world has played with, is even more fun than you remember. For example, there’s a site called Downloadable Cootie Catchers. Right now, there are only five different kinds of cootie catcher designs, one of which was submitted by a reader. And that one’s for Passover.

But those 5 examples, along with an additional template (in PowerPoint format for easy tweaking), are inspirational. The Fairy Tale design, for example, demonstrates how you can make a kind of “choose your own adventure” cootie catcher. The Party Challenge turns your Cootie Catcher into a party game center. Love is a gift, in deed.

And, should you find yourself in a book score or online, there’s a Klutz book filled with further Cootie Catcher inspirations, complete with 21 pre-printed Cootie Catchers for your almost immediate cootie catching.


  1. Steve on September 4, 2012 at 9:13 am

    I’m telling everyone that I got cooties from Bernie!

  2. Lou Treleaven on January 19, 2013 at 10:16 am

    Thank you so much for the lovely words about my Downloadable Cootie Catchers site! I’ve just been looking around this website and I love your ethos. I should tread the Playful Path more often!

    There’s a new cootie catcher on the site now especially for weddings, which is also available in PowerPoint to personalise for the happy couple. And another reader design which was used as a teaching aid for children learning about integers. It seems you can make a cootie catcher about anything! More to come soon.

    All the best,
    Lou Treleaven

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