Have you played with these when you were a kid? We did – a lot! But this shark cootie catcher is just a bit more awesome than your regular fortune teller!
Folding paper is an art and origami for kids projects are perfect for beginners!
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We think origami instructions are the easiest to follow by watching videos, so we prepared a video for you to see how to make these fierce sea dwellers.
Or Check the Steps on How to Make a Shark Cootie Catcher
First you will need to print our template for this cute little creature. Kids will love this one!
You can print it on regular print paper or glossy paper (photography paper works pretty well with paper toys such as this one).
Once printed cut out the square with the shark design, as well as the fins that come with it.
First fold the square paper in half to make a crease.
Make sure the fold is crisp – run a craft stick across the fold. Neat and crisp folds will make it easier to fold this origami. Unfold.
Rotate the paper and fold again across the middle. Crease and unfold.
Flip the paper so that the white side is facing you (the desing should be facing the table.
Fold all 4 corners towards the middle (see image bellow to see how your project should look).
Flip the paper again – have the white side facing you again and the design facing the table.
Fold the 4 corners towards the middle again.
Make sure the folds are crisp – run a craft stick across them.
Fold the square shape in half to get the long rectangle (the side with the teeth will stay inside).
Push your fingers into the pockets (square pockets) and push the flaps up to open up the cootie catcher.
You might need to wiggle your fingers a little bit to make the shark cootie catcher form.
When you’ve folded your fiercely adorable shark all there’s left to do is to add the fins.
You can also glue together the head and body so that only the shark’s mouth opens.
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I was planning to show you guys a tutorial on how to make these cootie catchers or origami fortune tellers as they are also called but then I stumbled upon this awesome lion cootie catcher and got inspired to create this shark version!
More cootie catchers to print and have fun with:
More Awesome Shark Crafts and Activities to Celebrate Shark Week
Ready for shark week? I’ve teamed up with some of my favorite bloggers and these are their shark inspired creations – be sure to check them all out!
Print another shark puppet that’s super fun to play with.
Learn how to draw a shark.
Make a shark bookmark.
Start with this feed the shark fine motor game – oh how fun! School Time Snippets
Love paper plate crafts (we do!) – make this rockin’ paper plate shark! Artsy Momma
You’ll love this free shark themed printable. The Natural Homeschool
Or this I spy shark printable. Simple Fun for Kids
Also check this Sh Sound Digraph Game. Sight and Sound Reading
Last but not least grab these under the sea coloring pages. Living Life and Learning
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