Behold, the Cootie Catcher:

A fortune teller or a cootie catcher (sometimes called a scrunchie and a chatterbox in Australia), is an origami device used in fortune-telling games by children. A player asks a question, and the holder of the device answers using the fortune teller. Usually the questions, answers, colors and/or numbers (depending upon the playing method) are added to the device by or to suit the user.

When I was in grade school, we made Cootie Catchers in such a way that we made them into puppets. I think we taped the top and bottom pieces so that the Cootie Catcher only opened like a proper mouth instead of up & down and then side to side.Then we made a body out of paper and taped or stapled it underneath.

Here’s how to make a Cootie Catcher,although it does not show you how to get the piece of paper square and folded in the beginning.

Klutz makes a great book all about, and how to make, Cootie Catchers:

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