No. 187: Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House

Posted by on Apr 25, 2012 in Kids, Places | 2 comments

When I tell people I make cootie catchers, they often say, “What the heck is that?” But once in a while someone gets super-duper excited and starts talking a gazillion miles an hour about MASH fortunes.

It’s THE classic paper fortune teller. MASH stands for “Mansion, Apartment, Shack, House.”

These specialized little cootie catchers look into the future and tell you what kind of digs you’ll live in when you grow up. (Or, hey, if you’re an adult, I’d say it’s a 10-year prediction.)

Of course, no one wants the shack. But it’s in there for comic relief. So your friends can imagine you roughing it while they count the rooms in their future mansions. If your friends really love you, maybe they’ll build you a shack out by the pool.

Luckily, you don’t even have to make your own to try it out. Just download this PDF, print, fold and have some fun.

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No. 163: Halloween Cootie Catcher for Kids (Medium Scary)

Posted by on Oct 13, 2011 in Holidays, Kids | 0 comments

It’s almost Halloween! One of my favorite holidays of the year. Costumes. Candy. Scary decorations. What’s not to love?

I’m making a whole series of Halloween cootie catchers, but this first one is for the kids. These are great for a party or to kick off a night of trick or treating. Just print them out and let the kids fold and share.

If you’re really ambitious, start with blank pieces of paper and let the kids write fortunes of their own. This one could be a great example.

A word to the wise: I’ve labeled this medium scary. It talks about ghosts, witches, spiders and eyeballs.

Download this PDF, print, fold and find a Halloween fortune.


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No. 135: The DIY Edition

Posted by on Jul 23, 2011 in Kids, Misc. | 0 comments

Tonight I passed down the tradition of cootie catcher making to my niece. And we did the old-school DIY version. Paper, markers, crayons, pencils and scissors.

This means I don’t have a PDF to share with you, but I do encourage you to find a kid and make some paper fortune tellers of your own.

Just steal a piece of paper out of your printer, cut it down a bit so it’s a square, and follow these folding instructions. Then decorate and add your own fortunes.

We used pictures on the top level of ours. Then spelled out the word of the picture (h-e-a-r-t) to work the fortune teller. There were numbers inside.

Need some inspiration? Here are a few of the awesome fortunes we used tonight:

You have stinky feet.

You have stinky pants.

You’re going to find $100.

Why did the vampire go to the doctor? Because he was cough-in.

One day you’ll be a rock star.

Unicorns are real.

You rock.

You have a secret admirer.

What will your cootie catcher be about? All nice and fun and compliments? Or some funny humorous fortunes thrown in? Or maybe all corny knock-knock jokes?

We’d love to hear about it. Please share you fortune ideas in the comments!


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No. 98: Wedding Cootie Catcher #2 (For Kids)

Posted by on May 29, 2011 in Kids, Special Occasions | 0 comments

I’m continuing my wedding paper fortune teller theme with one for kids.

If you’re inviting kids to your wedding, they tend to be pretty good at entertaining themselves. And, heck, they’ll probably entertain some of your guests, too, with a few moves on the dance floor.

But I think it’s fun to provide a little extra entertainment for your smallest guests. We had a photo booth at our wedding, and the kids made some of the most creative photo strips. But there are low-tech ways to entertain them, too.

I made an “eye spy” cootie catcher where every fortune gives kids something to find at your reception. These would be fun to put at their place settings, so they’ll have something to do if they need to sit down for any formal parts of your reception.

Download this PDF, print, fold and delight your youngest guests.

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No. 98: Wedding Cootie Catcher #2 (For Kids)

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No. 95: When You Grow Up

Posted by on May 26, 2011 in Kids | 0 comments

I have these very distinct memories of making paper fortune tellers in grade school. And ours ALWAYS included predictions about what you’d be doing when you grew up.

You hoped to be living in a mansion or something else grandiose. But sometimes you’d get a bad fortune (you live in a tent! and smell!). When you’re little, it’s so much fun to imagine the possibilities of being an adult.

It seems like adults get to do whatever they want, whenever they want. With that spirit in mind, this cootie catcher includes some fun and (sometimes) over-the-top predictions about adult life for little kids longing for that imagined freedom.

Download this PDF, print, fold and delight a kid.

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No. 85: Secret Airplane Spy Hunt

Posted by on May 9, 2011 in Kids | 2 comments

I didn’t take my first plane ride until I was 20. But now that I fly more often, I see lots of little kids on planes.

Sometimes they’re happy. Sometimes they’re antsy. And, well, sometimes they’re crying. I’m guessing it’s pretty hard for them to sit still for an entire flight. (I know it is for me.)

Since this is travel week here on The Daily Cootie Catcher, I created a secret airplane spy hunt to keep the littlest fliers occupied for a few minutes. It’s basically eye spy in reverse. This cootie catcher gives you something you need to spot or find without leaving your seat.

Download this PDF, print, fold and keep a little one busy for a few minutes.


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No. 85: Secret Airplane Spy Hunt



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