How to make a cootie catcher

As a child we used to make plenty cootie catchers to play with. We called it a quacky, because you know, it looks like a beak opening and closing. There are so many different ways to decorate and to use cootie catchers for learning and playing. Opening and closing of the cootie catcher also involves fine motor muscles and bilateral coordination, so great for children’s development.

Cootie catcher

What you need:

  • paper
  • stickers
  • markers

Make the cootie catcher as follows:
1. Fold a A4 paper into a square.

2. Fold the corners to the centre.

3. Turn around and fold the corners in again.

4. Turn around and put your thumb in one pocket and your index finger in the other and the same with the other hand.

How to

Now we used some stickers and color pens to make a numbers cootie catcher.

1. Number the blocks 1-4

2. Fold open and make dots on the triangles. One and two on the one side and three and four on the opposite side. Now repeat on the open triangles

3. Then use stickers to stick under the corresponding dot. For example two stars under 2 dots

4. Then let the playing begin. They choose a number then you count that number while opening and closing the quacky. Then they show you where that amount of dots are that you counted and then lift the flap to see what stickers are hiding under it!

Decorate

 

So fun! You can change it up with many different things: learning sights words, give gross motor commands etc.

Cootie catcher

 

 

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