Paper cootie catchers are a fun holiday treat for kids that contain no sugar, won’t clutter your home, and can be completed in just a few minutes. I hope you surprise the kids in your life with a St Patrick’s Day joke teller this March. They are a delightful way to say Happy St. Patrick’s Day!
Halfway through my latest elementary school classroom party I began daydreaming that I was curled up on the sofa with a good book and a glass of wine instead of handing out candy to a noisy room of sugar-loaded 10-year-olds.
Have you taken a gander at the St. Patrick’s Day treat ideas for kids found on Pinterest? Most are sugary sweets that are not great for growing kids, cheap plastic junk that clutters up their rooms (and eventually the landfill), or elaborate crafts that simply do not fit into busy parents’ schedules.
What’s a fun-loving mom to do?
Make a St Patrick’s Day Joke Teller for kids!
What is a Joke Teller?
A joke teller is an easy folder paper craft that is a great St. Patrick’s Day treat for kids. The free printable project (with easy folding instructions) takes less than 5 minutes to complete. You can surprise your kids this St. Patrick’s Day… no sugar or room cluttering junk needed!
Joke Teller, Cootie Catchers & Fortune Tellers
Do you remember folding cootie catchers or paper fortune tellers in elementary school? My elementary school friends and I used to make them with notebook paper and colored markers. Most of the folded paper games we made were meant to predict the number of children we would have, determine our spouses, or pinpoint careers.
When my kids hit elementary school I was reintroduced cootie catchers (sometimes called fortune teller or joke tellers) and was amazed at their continued popularity. I’m not sure if the appeal is in the fun design, the colorful images, the silly jokes, or simply the mesmerizing way paper turns into a toy. Whatever the reason, there is still something captivating about these folded paper crafts.
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How to Make a St. Patrick’s Day Joke Teller
Want to try making a St. Patrick’s Day Joke Teller for your kids? It’s as easy as 1-2-3!
1 – Get the free printable St. Patrick’s Day Joke Teller with instructions on my free printables page.
2 – Save the file to your computer, then print and cut out the joke teller. I print on matte photo paper for extra bright colors, it is also extra sturdy.
3 – Fold the joke teller & share the silly St. Patrick’s Day jokes with your favorite kids.
More Free Cootie Catchers
I’ve designed several holiday cootie catchers for kids. Check out these other fun (and free) printables:
- Thanksgiving Gratitude Cootie Catchers that are filled with thankfulness discussion questions.
- Christmas Kindness Cootie Catchers that suggest kind deeds kids can accomplish.
- New Years Eve Fortune Tellers that “predict” your upcoming year.
- Valentine Joke Tellers that are a great non-candy classroom treats or lunchbox surprise.
- Halloween Joke Tellers are a fun lunch box surprise or after school treat.
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Looking for more St Patrick's Day fun? Delight your kids with my free printable Saint Patrick's Day Lunch Box Notes.