Third grade hasn’t changed much in the 30-some years since I was a grade schooler. Kids still laugh at the same silly jokes and play the same little games we used to play during recess.
For example, my son and his friends are obsessed with making paper fortune tellers — what we used to call cootie catchers.
So, I thought it would be fun to make some printable versions for Valentine’s Day.
You may have seen this project when I first shared it on Made from Pinterest. But in case you missed it there, I wanted to share the tutorial and free printables here, as well.
A few years ago, I made some cootie catcher Valentines for my husband and son using scrapbook paper, and I decorated with stickers and personalized messages. They were a big hit.
For these free printables, I made one lovey-dovey version filled with sweet nothings, perfect to give to your sweetheart for Valentine’s Day.
Each flap opens to reveal a sweet, loving message.
Since I am also the mom of a 9-year-old boy who bristles at the thought of having to pass out any kind of remotely sappy Valentines to his classmates, I also made a boy-approved version.
In fact, there’s not a mention of Valentine’s Day at all on the boy version. Just lots of “punny” punchlines to the joke, “I really mustache you a question.”
When I made my original cootie catchers, I filmed a video tutorial that shows exactly how to fold one. You might find that useful as you’re making these.
First, you need to download the free printable of your choice.
Print it out on your home computer on a sheet of 8.5X11-inch paper. Then use scissors or a paper trimmer to cut out the cootie catcher.
Fold the paper in half, left to right along the center line. Then unfold and fold, top to bottom, along the center line. Unfold and place the paper face down.
Fold the points to the center.
Then turn the cootie catcher over.
Fold each corner to the center again.
And your cootie catcher is finished!
To play with with your paper fortune teller and start predicting your (romantic) future, just slide your thumb and index finger into the flaps on the underside.
Lift a flap to reveal your future.