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Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher Template

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Two completed Gorilla Cootie Catchers being controlled by hands.

I am thrilled to introduce my latest creation – the Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher! Get ready to dive into the captivating world of these majestic creatures as you fold this charming gorilla-themed craft. Along the way, uncover fascinating facts about these incredible animals, from their powerful muscles to their close-knit family groups in the lush forests.

But the Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher is just the beginning of your safari adventure! Joining the gorilla are a variety of other iconic African animals, including the majestic lion, the playful hippo, the towering giraffe, the fast gazelle, and the graceful elephant. Together, these creatures embody the rich diversity and natural beauty of the African landscape, sparking imaginations with every fold.

Here at Artsy Kids Zone, I have a soft spot for cootie catchers – they're my favorite craft for igniting creativity and imaginative play! Whether I'm crafting bunny cootie catchers, embarking on pirate adventures with our pirate cootie catchers, or venturing into magical realms with unicorn cootie catchers, these paper creations hold a special place in our crafting repertoire.

A completed cootie catcher.

The simplicity and versatility of cootie catchers make them perfect for endless exploration, allowing kids to bring their favorite stories and characters to life. We love seeing the joy and excitement these creations bring to children as they engage in origami, storytelling, and interactive play.

Photo of a Gorilla sitting next to a large rock.

Before we dive into the exciting world of origami with the Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher, let's uncover some fascinating facts about gorillas:

Mighty Muscles: Gorillas are known for their incredible strength and powerful muscles, which they use to navigate their dense forest habitats and protect their groups from threats.

Close-Knit Families: Gorillas live in close-knit family groups called troops, led by a dominant male known as the silverback. These troops provide protection, companionship, and social structure for all members.

Complex Communication: Gorillas communicate using a variety of vocalizations, gestures, and facial expressions. They can express emotions such as joy, fear, and anger, and they use these signals to maintain group cohesion.

Vegetarian Giants: Gorillas are herbivores, primarily eating leaves, stems, fruit, and bamboo shoots. Their large, muscular bodies require a substantial amount of plant material to maintain their energy levels.

Intelligent Beings: Gorillas are highly intelligent animals capable of using tools, solving problems, and exhibiting behaviors that demonstrate deep cognitive abilities. They share about 98% of their DNA with humans, making them one of our closest relatives.

With these fascinating facts in mind, let's embark on an origami adventure with the Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher. Let's fold, create, and unleash our creativity as we bring this magnificent gorilla-themed cootie catcher to life!

Cootie catcher printing on white paper.

Directions to download your Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher template at the bottom of this post. Print on 8.5x11 white paper. Cut out the pieces.

Pro Tip: Absolutely, precise cutting is key to a successful origami project. It ensures that the template aligns accurately during the folding process, resulting in a cleaner and more polished final product. So, take your time, follow the cut lines carefully, and enjoy the origami journey!

Example of how to fold Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Fold the cootie catcher in half both horizontally and unfold. Then fold the cootie catcher vertically and unfold.

Example of how to fold Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Flip it over so the printed side is facing down. Take the bottom right corner and fold the point into the center. Repeat step on each corner until all four corners are folded.

Example of how to fold Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Flip the cootie catcher again so the printed side is facing down. Take the four corners and fold them into the center again.

Example of how to fold Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Fold the cootie catcher in half vertically and undo the fold. Then fold horizontally and unfold.

Example of how to slip fingers into the folded Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Slip your fingers under the flaps and open the cootie catcher.

Example of how to glue Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Glue the top sides together and then the bottom sides together. You will no longer be able to open the cootie catcher if you do this but it will help the puppet stay together for kids to play with.

Example of how to glue Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Glue the ears to the top sides of the cootie catcher's head.

Example of how to glue Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Glue the legs to the bottom of the cootie catcher.

Example of how to glue arms to the Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Glue the arms to the front on the two sides of the cootie catcher.

Completed Gorilla Cootie Catcher with hand holding it.

Exciting news! Your Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher is now fully crafted and ready for some thrilling entertainment! Prepare to engage in imaginative games or even orchestrate an enthralling puppet show with this delightful creation. And for an extra dose of excitement, why not invite the gorilla's companion, the lion, to join in on the fun? Let your creativity soar as you dive into the fascinating realm of origami animals!

How to download Origami Zebra Cootie Catcher.

How to download Origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher:

How to download the origami Gorilla Cootie Catcher Template? Sign up to become a member of Artsy Kids Zone to download. The best part is that memberships are FREE! Not only will you gain access to this project but you will also gain access to this Artsy Kids Zone downloads.

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At Artsy Kids Zone, the crafting adventure extends far beyond the savanna! While our collection of safari animal cootie catchers is certainly a hit, there's a whole world of creativity waiting to be explored. Set sail with our pirate-themed crafts, where young buccaneers can craft their own treasure maps and pirate hats. For those enchanted by mythical creatures, our unicorn-themed projects offer a touch of magic and whimsy. And why not add a splash of green to your crafting repertoire with our adorable cactus creations? From pirates to unicorns to prickly pals, Artsy Kids Zone has something for every imagination to thrive and flourish!

Completed Gorilla Cootie Catcher.

Completed Gorilla Cootie Catcher.


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