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Free Printable Shark Cootie Catcher

Kids will love this free printable shark cootie catcher. It is a fun craft that doubles as a paper toy! It is a great activity for children of all ages.

shark cootie catcher free template

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If you’ve never heard of a cootie catcher, you might know this origami toy as a fortune teller. I know when I was younger, my friends and I would use these two names interchangeably.

Materials needed:

  • Free printable shark template (the download link is located at the bottom of this post.
  • Scissors
  • Glue

How to fold a cootie catcher:

  • Step 1: Once the cootie catcher has been cut out, place the artwork face down on a table. Then begin to fold each corner to the opposite corner.
  • Step 2: Fold all of the corners to the center once again.
  • Step 3: Flip the page over so that all of the folds are now facing down.
  • Step 4: Repeat step 2 by folding all of the corners into the center.
  • Step 5: Finally fold your page both horizontally and vertically.

Additional steps for this shark cootie catcher:

  • Step 6: Place glue on the sections marked 1 and 3. Fold the paper together so that sections 1 and 2 and 3 and 4 are now secured together.
  • Step 7: Glue the two top fins together so that blue is now seen on both sides. Attach it to the top of the sharks head.
  • Step 8: Attach the two fins to the sides of the shark.
shark template
folding cootie catcher
attaching fins

Favorite Printable Supplies:

These are a few of my favorite supplies that I use for printable games and activities:

  • White Cardstock: For most projects, I recommend printing onto cardstock. It is much more durable than standard printer paper and often produces a higher quality print.
  • Crayons: A staple in any crafting household. Crayola is always the top notch choice!
  • Kid Friendly Safety Scissors: These are perfect for little kids learning how to use scissors. They cut paper but not fingers or hair!
  • Glue Sticks: These disappearing purple glue sticks are by far my favorite! I love buying them in bulk since we use them so often!
  • Lamination Machine: Laminating printables are a great way to make them last longer. If you are planning on laminating to make games reusable, be sure to get a bunch of dry erase markers as well.
  • Dry Erase Pockets: Dry erase pockets are a great alternative to using a lamination machine when wanting to make printable games and activities reusable.
  • Printer: A high quality printer is always recommended for the best results. If you are in need of a printer this Brother Wireless Printer is a great choice.

For a more visual guide, feel free to check out the instructional image I’ve created below.

folding instructions

Free Printable Shark Cootie Catcher

This activity was designed to be printed onto a standard 8.5×11 inch piece of white printer paper. Cardstock would also work as well.

Please feel free to download and print as many copies of the cootie catcher as you would like. However, please do not edit or redistribute the files in any way.

More fun free printable sea themed crafts:

shark cootie catcher template

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