45 responses to “cootie catcher nature game”

  1. Tania

    Omg, i love this!! Can´t wait for spring to come up here in Northern Europe to do this with my kids in kidergarten, they will love it!! :) You are amazing!

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  3. Sarah

    Thank you so much for this. We used to play this when we were kids but out here in Malaysia we called it something else… though I can’t remember what. Completely forgot about them though, until I saw your pictures. So glad to have stumbled across it and made one to play with my five year old son today and he absolutely loved it!!

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  5. Cori

    HOORAY!!! So very glad to stumble upon this! I made one for my kids yesterday. I could remember how to fold it but could not for the life of me remember the name of the game and directions. It’s hard to google something without the name. Then I see this WITH the ALL the directions. THANK YOU!!! They will be so excited. I think it’s the first time they really admired old Mom’s skills at crafts. Their amazed faces that I could do something “origami” (they think) like our Japanese neighbor.

  6. maryanne

    Fabulous idea, I’ll definitely be doing this with my kids!

  7. krystyna


  8. andrea gutierrez

    oh my goodness lisa, i’ve been making one of these too! you totally beat me to the punch! i love yours and when i am finally finished with me (you know of all my delay troubles) i’ll post and link to yours too :)
    well, creative minds think alike right? :)

  9. oh amanda {impress your kids}

    I LOVE THIS. You could use it for so many different things. I’m going to steal this one day! Thank you!


  10. Gabriele

    Thats adorable! I nearly forgot about those! Have to do them urgently with my kids tomorrow!! We called them “Himmel und Hoelle” in German ” heaven and hell”, oh, I just love them! Thanks for giving me a great start into the week!

  11. nicola@which name?

    cute cute use of a cootie catcher!
    Which Name?

  12. Dianne

    What a great idea! I hadn’t thought of those in years! Wonderful way to make learning fun and connect it to art!

  13. mandy

    oh dear, you have gotten my wheels turning, lisa!

  14. daffodil lane

    This is brilliant!
    PS- I love that your comment boss told me my comment of “Brilliant!” was too short. Made me laugh.

  15. Sara

    Oh I love it! Thanks for the refresher on how to make this. I made many back in grade school….they were so fun! I think my boys will get a kick out of this!
    I hope you’re well Lisa!
    sending love,

  16. Chele

    Oh, thank you for the clear directions for making these. I have been wracking my brains trying to remember how, but “those foldy paper things that you go like this [mad pantomiming] with” isn’t easily googled! I don’t think we called them cootie catchers in my school, but I can’t for the life of me remember what else it might have been. I’ve been wanting to show my son how to make these. I was thinking they might be a fun way to do math facts, too.

  17. Heather

    Oh I love this Lisa! First, this brought back so many memories, and what a great way to use an old childhood game. This seriously brought a smile to my face

  18. Shady Lady

    These are so cool! What a fun idea. Mine would have to be much simpler. I don’t know names of trees…or flowers… I’ve never been much of a nature girl, but it is something I want to change. Any chance you plan to move here and give nature girl lessons? 😉

  19. Amy

    My monkey girl LOVES these, but always forgets how to make them when she gets home from school! Your tutorial is going to rock her world! thanks! http://amysreallife.wordpress.com

  20. Annie

    Lily’s eager to try making her own! I love the nature theme.

  21. Laura

    Just when I think you have thought of all there is to be done, you come up with another great twist to explore nature! Thank you so much. We will try this.

  22. Its_Lily

    Oh, I haven’t done one of these in ages, but it sure looks like a fun way to have adventure in the woods.

  23. minneosta:madre | Sarah Jane

    We made these all the time when I was little, but they were more about what boy we were going to marry!:) Love the nature twist!

  24. Teena(funkymommy)


  25. Kat

    what a great idea! smarty! you know we will be stealing it.

  26. karen

    Very cool! I wish I could stop by with my kids and join in all the fun! :)

    Have a great week!

  27. Hip Mountain Mama

    Oh yeah, this brings back memories! My kids are going to love this…thanks for bringing it back to life!!

  28. Dawn

    Oh, we love cootie catchers! This one is fantastic and when my big girl is feeling better, this is on the top of the list!

    Thanks for sharing~


  29. AG Ambroult

    hehe. We’ve been making these lately, too. I I’ve gotta admit, I’m having as much fun as the girls are. I love your idea of making into an educational tool!

  30. underthebigbluesky

    wonderful idea as always Lisa! my oldest just started making cootie catchers at school, i had completely forgotten about them.

    and it’s just getting warm enough here to get outside and do these!

    thanks as always for such great ideas!

  31. kyndale

    Very cool Lisa. I wouldn’t have thought to do what you did!

  32. Catherine

    This is such a great idea! My girls love making these, and will think this is great fun. Thank you for a fun project for a spring day :) .

  33. mamabearscubhouse

    love it!
    thanks for the step by step pics:)


  34. MamaBird

    I love this idea. I’ll be making these with my kids after school today. And I really enjoy your blog – thank you!

  35. Diane

    Brillant idea! My niece and nephew were playing with one of these this past week and of course I played with them when I was in school.

  36. Ötli

    I remember… and the words into it too 😉 “you’re beautiful” or “you’re uggly” or “you like pink”… Nice idea to never forget

  37. Ellie

    I used to make these all the time as a kid. And I still make them today with my 2 teenager girls. They are still fun.

  38. Cam


    I never made these. My best friend made mine for me! True story!! But, however I came by them, they were loads of fun! Thanks for the stroll down Memory Lane! Love the new purpose for them! Much more constructive than the games we played with them! :)

  39. Lovely World

    This sure brings back memories. My daughter will be excited to make one of yours. What a great idea. Your etsy shop is so sweet, all those little monsters. I started my shop in early December. I guess I’m still figuring out how it all works. Take care. X Maribeth

  40. Katherine

    How cute! I used to make these all the time! I love the spin you’ve put on it. Next you should try to adapt MASH (Mansion Apartment Shack House) to those purposes lol.

  41. Ivy

    What a fun idea. I appreciate the tutorial, as I can never remember how to make these. As soon as it isn’t so mucky out, I think we’ll have to give these a try.

  42. Joy

    My kids make those all the time! I’ll have to show them yours. They’ll probably love the new variation. Their current favorite is the “pie” fortune teller. Every fortune has something to do with pie, from you will never eat pumkin pie again, to an apple pie will land on your face today. I’m assuming it’s great fun if you’re 9-10. :)

  43. Jessica

    Lisa–this is absolutely precious!

  44. Pat

    This is great!
    Thank you!!!

  45. melissa

    You are awesome. Thank you for this. I never thought to turn these into a game. I recently showed the concept to my seven-year-old at a diner while waiting for our meal. He was enthralled.