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The Game of Cootie – A Baby Boomer Favorite!

Did you ever play the Game of Cootie when you were growing up?

We spent many hours playing it and loved every minute of it!

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Did you know?

1) The Game of Cootie was created by William Schaper and was launched in 1949. It is a children’s roll-and-move tabletop game for two to four players. The object is to be the first to build a bug-like object from a variety of plastic body parts. The winner is the first player to completely assemble a cootie.

2) The Game of Cootie sold millions in its first years.

3) In 1973 Cootie was acquired by Tyco Toys and, in 1986, by Hasbro subsidiary Milton Bradley.

4) In 2003, Cootie was named to the Toy Industry Association’s “Century of Toys List” of the 100 most memorable and most creative toys of the 20th century.

5) Cootie, the plastic bug, has become an icon, and, for some, a symbol for the baby boomer generation

How did Mr. Schaper come up with the idea of a “Cootie”? Working as a postman, W. H. Schaper whittled a bug-life fishing lure which he thought had toy potential. He sold this fishing lure (and others like it) in his store as a sideline business along with small commercial popcorn machines. Soon, he created a game around this creation and molded it in plastic. The rest is history!


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The Game of Cootie – A Baby Boomer Favorite!





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