We Played Cootie As Kids! Cootie is the simplest of the games around at that time. The objective of Cootie is to be the first person to build a complete cootie bug from parts supplied. As in all the games considered here, 2-4 players may participate. Players roll a single six sided die to determine which part they add to their bug. A complete bug consists of a body (roll 1), a head (roll 2), a tongue (roll 3), two eyes (roll 4), two antennae (roll 5) and six legs (roll 6). Players must start by acquiring a body and then a head before adding other parts. Players successfully adding a part get another roll of the die at their turn. If no part is added, the die is passed to the next player. Play continues until one player completes his cootie.
"Cootie" Game I grew up playing "Cootie" with my parents and playmates. The game required no throwing, batting or kicking skills -- just a toss of the dice to see who assembled the bug first. This is how many of us kids in the 50s learned the meaning of the word "proboscis." This is the original version, copyrighted in 1949, with all its colorful plastic parts, dice, and even the box (worn but intact), complete with its $2 price mark. It was made in America by the W.H. Schaper Co. Relive your childhood with your kids and grandkids
It was silly but hours of fun!