Thanksgiving cootie catchers

We’ve had some fun Thanksgiving activities from the Internet in the last couple of years, but I wanted something new for E. that involves a little reading. I didn’t know she’ll be so excited about the cootie catchers that she’ll make her own. But let’s not run ahead.

recently I’ve found this great blog: where you can find a free printable section. There are many cootie catchers to make for several occasions, like Thanksgiving, Valentine’s day, St. Patrick’s day or Halloween to mention a few.



Bren even explains how to fold a cootie catcher if you happento be as ignorant as I was in the field of cootie catchers.

When I handed E. the cootie catcher I was taken aback how excited she became.


She was reading the questions and jokes by herself and running around the flat to ask everybody (even her 23 month old little sister.) I wish I had taken some photos.


So the following day we made our own cootie catchers, which was totally E.’s idea. So we took out some coloured paper and started to fold our own cootie catchers.

E.’s cootie catcher


Then we numbered the outside and wrote on the inside. I decided to make a fortune-teller concerning the winter holiday season with Christmasy, snowy pictures,


E. was writing questions about her imaginary Waterland and drew fish, dolphins, whales and anglers on the inside of her cootie catcher.


Then we played with each other’s cootie catcher, then our native English nanny needed to answer the questions, after that Little L. too.

E. loved the idea of cootie catchers so much we definitely do it again and again again.

(If you can’t read the questions in the pictures – she wrote them I didn’t help her at all!:

  • left pic: Why did the angler catch the shark?/Why did the whale get scared of the hypodoo? – hypodoo is an imaginary fish)
  • right pic: What kind of dish do anglers make? / Why is the sun gone in Waterland?
    Your answers can be submitted in the comment section. And you can win whatever you ask for if you know the answer 😉 )



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