If you haven’t heard of a paper cootie catcher before, it’s time you know how much you’ve missed out on this childhood signature craft. I remember being in 4th grade…and again in 6th grade playing with handmade cootie catchers in the hallways. It was a fun way to pass the time. Making a cootie catcher was super easy, just grab a piece of paper, fold – fold – fold, write in some crazy options, then show it to your friends for a round of laughs and play. We’re going to draw a classic paper cootie catcher today! Why? Simply because this folded paper game is a very difficult shape and forms to draw out. It’s like origami because it’s a 3d folded paper object. There’s a lot of hidden shapes at every angle which makes it tricky to draw. Great practice for kids! A challenge is half the fun. So let’s start!
Note this is just one way to draw a cootie catcher. It’s one of the easier ways too. If you like it and want more, leave a comment below and I’ll draw some from different angles so your little one can practice 3d to 2d art.
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✏️ TOOLS FOR SUCCESS
- How-To-Draw Template – International (A4) or U.S. Size (8.5×11 in)
- Sketching Pencil
- Polymer Eraser
- Outline Marker
- Coloring Tools
🎨 Parents: The only tools you need for these how-to-draw tutorials are: eraser, pencil, and a piece of paper. But – if you have them around – a sketching pencil makes for fainter and softer lines that help kids build fine motor accuracy. I also recommend going over the sketch pencil with a black outline marker when you’re done for a neater finish. Lastly, erase the pencil marks before adding color.
Step-by-Step Art Tutorial: Drawing a Cootie Catcher
- Draw a small square-like shape on the left top side of your paper. Take note that the square’s top and right sides are slightly embossed, making them curvy with a pointy end on the top right corner.
- Repeat step one for three times – one on the right side and another two below them. However, the embossed sides are not always the top and right sides. The embossed sides should be the outer sides of the small square-like shapes.
- It looks like a pillow with a tight rope in the middle, but it’s actually a cootie catcher! To make more look like one, let’s put two diagonal lines in the middle perpendicular to each other. The diagonal lines should be parallel to the outer corners of the cookie catcher.
- We can play with it! Just color it with any color you want, you can make it colorful, but I’ll make mine a yellow cootie catcher with darker shades on the upper left side and lower right side and lighter shades on the other sides.
Printing & Saving Info:
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- Fits both A4 sizes and fits US standard letter sizes but preview your specs just in case.
- Want to save a file for later? Just hit the print button and choose instead of printing, select Save As “PDF” in the drop-down selection, and done! (Your screen and selection might look a little different.)
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