The holiday season is upon us! Get ready to jingle all the way with some extra-fun festivities with our Free Printable Christmas Cootie Catcher!
Sometimes called a fortune teller or a joke teller, cootie catchers have been a favourite amongst kids forever! I never tired of this fun paper game when I was a child!
Our Christmas Cootie Catcher (Free Printable Template) is the perfect blend of creativity and amusement for kids of all ages to enjoy through the holidays. This easy Christmas craft is printable fun for everyone!
Three Fun Free Printable Christmas Cootie Catchers To Choose From!
The best part is, our fun cootie catcher free Christmas printable comes in not one but three different versions!
The first two cootie catchers are full of fun Christmas challenges and dares. They come in full colour and also black and white for kids to fill in with different colors themselves. There are 8 fun dares including “Balance a Christmas cookie or chocolate on your forehead and try to eat it without using your hands!”. (We love playing this game with After Eight Mints!)
The third Christmas fortune teller has blank spaces inside it for you to write your own messages!
You could fill the blank cootie catcher with Christmas jokes, a fun fortune, your own Christmas dare or challenge or maybe some Christmas trivia! Or how about writing nice things to do for others to make Christmas Kindness Cootie Catchers?
You really can let your imagination run wild and fill it with whatever you fancy!
This printable game would be a bit of super duper cute fun to have on the Christmas table! These fun activities are a great way to keep both young kids and older kids entertained. Children will love creating fun designs for their own fortune teller!
A Step-by-Step Guide to Make Your Own Christmas Cootie Catcher
- Free Christmas Cootie Catcher Template (Get your free printables at the bottom of this post.)
- Printer Paper
- Colouring Materials; Pens/Pencil Crayons etc.
Step 1 – Download and print your fun free printable Christmas Cootie Catcher template. (Get your digital download at the end of this post.) We recommend using an ordinary piece of paper and not cardstock because it’s too thick to fold well.
Step 2 – Colour it the printable templates and write your Christmas messages.
Step 3 – Carefully cut off the excess paper to make a perfect square. Cut the square carefully as it will make creating the origami shape much easier.
How to Fold a Joke Teller
Now comes the simple origami folding instructions. It’s a super easy and fun activity!
Step 4 – Start with the printed side face down and carefully fold it in half horizontally and vertically and then open it up again. Now you will have found the centre of the square where the two fold lines cross.
Step 5 – Fold each corner over so that the point reaches the centre of the square. This will create a smaller square.
Step 6 – Flip the whole sheet over.
Step 7 – Fold each corner over so that the point reaches the centre of the square. This will create an even smaller square.
Step 8 – On the underside you will see four flaps/pockets. with your right hand, place an index finger and thumbs into the right hand pockets, then do the same on the left on the opposite side. Now you can move your fingers and thumbs to open and shut the cootie catcher. It’s so much fun!
How to Play With a Fortune Teller
Playing with the Christmas paper fortune tellers is super fun and simple. Kids fold the paper template according to the step by step instructions above. Once they’ve created their cleverly folded contraption with a sheet of paper, they can enjoy some party games!
- Play in pairs.
- Player 1: Insert your index fingers and thumbs into the pockets on the underside and hold the cootie catcher closed so that only the 4 Christmas pictures show to player 2.
- Player 2: Choose a picture.
- Player 1: Spell out the name of the picture, opening and shutting the cootie catcher forward and backwards and then side to side with each letter. When you stop spelling, four numbers will now be on show.
- Player 2: Choose a number.
- Player 1: Starting from 1, count out the number, opening and shutting the cootie catcher forward and backwards and then side to side with each number.
- Player 2: Choose a number again.
- Player 1: Lift the numbered flap to reveal the hidden message inside.
Kids will love using the holiday pictures and numbers to reveal hidden challenges, dares, fortunes or jokes (depending on what you’ve written inside)! These paper toys are lots of fun to play with friends and family and will provide hours of fun for everyone!
How to Get Your Free Printable Cootie Catcher
To make this festive activity accessible to everyone, we’ve made the Christmas Cootie Catcher template available for free! Simply fill in the form below to sign up to our weekly email newsletter (you can unsubscribe at any time) and as a thank you, we’ll send the pdf file straight to your inbox.
You’ll be able to have a whole lot of fun making your own cootie catcher for Christmas in next to no time.