Math Cootie Catchers: A Twist on a Classic School Game

July 10, 2022 No Comments

Growing up as a child during indoor recess, my friends and I loved to predict our futures by folding up Cootie Catchers…while I don’t have 7 kids or am married to Zac Efron, Cootie Catchers became my thing. I enjoyed playing and making them, I once got a personalized stack of Cootie Catcher foldables for my birthday with my name already on them, all ready to customize 🙂

As you probably can tell from my personality on the blog and through my products, I love to turn some of my favorite games and give them a math “twist” to introduce to my students. So obviously, here we are talking about Math Cootie Catchers!

All Cootie Catcher packs come with one unique Cootie Catcher for a math topic! There are two versions – colored and black & white. Personally, I have only used the black & white version with my 60+ students to run off quick copies – they like to color in the dots and color names themselves! However, the colored version is there for you as well to use with your learners.

One of my major rules while doing any math activity is “do the math FIRST!” And this rule immediately applies to Cootie Catchers. My students do not cut, glue, fold, or color until the math has been completed and checked for accuracy. If not, what’s the point in doing a math activity if not for the MATH?

After you or your students check the Cootie Catcher with the provided answer key, they can cut out the square and start to fold their Cootie Catcher as per the directions on the paper!

Alternatively, I have sent home a Cootie Catcher printable for a homework assignment and I have gotten GREAT feedback from students and parents – they had so much fun playing and learning together! I think that the parents enjoyed this activity as much as their child and found it just a little nostalgic!

Currently, there are over 40 Cootie Catcher printables and mini bundles in my shop – from multiplication to solving for a cube and everywhere in between, you HAVE to check them out because they are perfect for any type of independent work!

Want to try one out for yourself? I have included a FREE Telling Time to the Nearest Minute Cootie Catcher in my resource library. Sign up below to get the password for this exclusive library:

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Hi! I'm Paige, known as The Math Matrix. I have been a teacher for three years, in both a middle school and elementary school, ALWAYS teaching math, either as a special education teacher or a departmentalized general education teacher. Needless to say, math is my JAM and I can't wait to share with you tips, tricks, and resources to enhance your math teaching. Read More