Skip to content

Cootie Catcher Ideas: 30+ Paper Fortune Teller Ideas To Write on your Origami Cootie Catcher

Cootie catcher/Paper fortune teller is a great and entertaining fortune teller game to enjoy with your friends. It can also be a fun therapeutic exercise to evaluate your future options regarding a certain aspect. But to enjoy this game you need to know how to play it and also what to write in it.

You will have to create or purchase your cootie catcher as you can find these games on the market. But what you write in them, it is completely up to you. Try to add “options” that fit your situation or the situation of your game partner. Another great idea is to write your fortune tellers in pencil. This will allow you to modify them when you reuse the cootie catcher in the future.

paper fortune teller ideas
Sheila Sund via Wikimedia Commons cc2.0

And if you are not sure what to write in your origami paper fortune teller game, you can let your imagination run wild for the sake of your fun. Here are a few fun things you can write in a cootie catcher that will be your and your friends’ delight!

Funny cootie catcher fortune teller Ideas

One of the main reason to play this origami game is the fact that it is engaging and joyful. But to enjoy the best out of this game you should use entertaining messages into it. As long as everyone has a good time playing this game, you can consider it was a success. So, here are some fun ideas you can include in your cootie catcher!

  • You will lose your shoe if you sing karaoke
  • Your dog will find money on the street
  • After your next nap, you will wake up laughing
  • Next time you cook, you will mistake the salt with the sugar
  • Your cat will steal your sandwich at lunch
  • A monkey will steal your hat at the Zoo
  • You will lose your belt at the market
  • Your best friend will surprise you
  • There will be a surprise waiting for you at home tomorrow
  • Your favorite band will concert in your city soon

Romantic cootie catcher Paper fortune teller Ideas

Cootie catchers are also a way to enjoy some romantic fortune teller sayings. Even if you would add these randomly, chances are that they will put a smile on your face! Try to keep it simple and fun as you choose the fortune tellers you add to your game. If you do this for a friend, the entire experience will be even more entertaining. Don’t tell them what you wrote in each corner and see what they end up choosing on their own as you open the origami! (I personally recommend this valentines cootie catcher cards for ultimate fun)

  • You will meet your next lover at the grocery store
  • Your lover will write you a romantic poem
  • You will find out a secret about your lover
  • Your partner will bring you a very nice present
  • Soon, you will meet the love of your life
  • The love of your life will make you a present
  • You will fall in love with your best friend
  • Your partner will surprise you with a great gift
  • The weekend will bring a romantic vibe to you
  • You will feel spoiled by your partner in the next days

Cootie catcher fortune teller Ideas for kids

Cootie catchers can be a great way to entertain children of all ages. Once they start understanding the concept of origami, you can have them create their own cootie catchers too. Keep it fun as the ultimate goal is to put a smile on their face and have a quality time together. And if you are wondering what are some good ideas to write in their papers, here are a few options!

  • You will learn to play a new game with your friends
  • A bird will eat your lunch
  • You will find a puppy at the park
  • Your dog will lick your feet
  • You will take a nap during your next class
  • You will win at the next game you play with your friends
  • Your best friend will make you a present
  • You will get a new pet
  • A parrot will talk to you
  • You will have fun at a party in the weekend

How to play cootie catcher? Where should you write these ideas on the Paper Fortune teller?

Playing cootie catcher is fairly easy. All you have to do is create your origami and add the desired fortune tellers to it. You can use some of the examples above and have a great time with your partner, friends, your child or even yourself.

To create a cootie catcher you will need a square paper of any size that you are comfortable with. (I personally use this 6-inch origami paper for best results) You will have to crease two corners at a time and press them to create a line for each corner. Do that for all corners before you take each corner and fold it into the middle.

cootie catcher ideas

Once you folded the corners, flip the paper over and fold all the corners into the middle. The entire process shouldn’t take more than a few minutes. You should write down a fortune teller under each inside flap. On the surface of each flap you can write a number. It can be a random number as long as all the numbers are different. However, the best way to do it is by writing a series of consecutive numbers.

The last step is to fold your origami in half. After you do that you will unfold it and refold it again. You will have pockets underneath the cootie catcher where you can place your fingers. To use your cootie catcher you will stick your thumb and two fingers in the pockets and open the origami to reveal a fortune teller.

Once you created your origami, you are ready to play your game. The player will choose a number and you will open the fortune teller message by using your fingers inside the cootie catcher pockets. You should move your fingers up and down as well as side to side in order to reveal the message. This can be a great source of fun for you and your partner, friend, or kid. 


Cootie catchers are some of the most entertaining and fun games to engage in. You can play it alone or with your friends and chances are that you will not get bored of it easily. It is one of the best games to play with your kids as well. Plus, if you teach them how to create their own origami, this game could become an art by itself. It is the kind of game that will develop their creative skills on top of the fact that it will offer them a really good time. So, create the best cootie catcher and have some fun with it!

Irina Maria Tracy is a published author, writer, and journalist who lives in Bucharest, Romania. She completed her journalism and mass communication degree from the University of Bucharest and went on to publish some top books in the fiction genre. Some of her top books include 'Haunted Aliens' 'Vampires Rapture' 'Adverbs of Love' etc. Irina also worked as an investigative journalist for a year and even collaborated with a TV channel for a political talk show (Bah TV). She loves writing and has contributed to many top magazines and newspapers such as the 'Story Magazine' 'Curentul Newspaper' and many others.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *