posted on Monday, March 29, 2021

Fold your own 5-2-1-0 cootie catcher


Let's have some fun with 5-2-1-0! Print and fold your own 5-2-1-0 cootie catcher (or maybe you've heard them called fortune tellers or chatterboxes). Inside you'll find fun activities or a question to answer that will help you practice your 5-2-1-0 Healthy Choices Count! habits.

PRINT IT OUT: 5-2-1-0 Cootie Catcher


  1. Print and cut out square
  2. Fold square in half and in half again so you have a small square
  3. Open paper up and turn over so top is blank 
  4. Fold each corner into the middle so you can see numbers
  5. Turn folded paper  over and repeat by folding corners in
  6. Turn folded paper over so you can see the numbers again
  7. Slide your thumb and your finger in the opening under each 5-2-1-0 number
  8. Push paper together with your thumb and finders so corners meet in the middle


  • Let your friend pick a number, open and close the cootie catcher the right number of times. Open up and down and side to side as you count the number they picked.
  • When you've stopped counting, look inside and let your friend choose a word.
  • Spell out the word they chose, opening and closing the cootie catcher for each letter. Open up and down and side to side as you spell out the word.
  • When you've stopped counting look inside and let your friend choose another word.
  • Open up the cootie catcher and read the instructions. 
  • Have fun!

Thank you to our friends at Everystep for creating and sharing this resource! 

MORE 5-2-1-0 PRINTABLES: Coloring sheets and activity pages