A few summers ago I came across the same version of Cootie we'd played with when I was little (circa 1949). It was at a garage sale, and probably cost more than the brand new version would have been at Wal Mart. I didn't care. Seeing that yellow and red box just made my heart happy. Memories of happy afternoons with my Grandma came rushing back, and I knew I had to have it.
Our Little Guy has just gotten to a point where he too, enjoys board games. We play Candy Land, Memory, Elefun, Hi-Ho Cherry-O, and of course Cootie! Cootie (called "the ladybug game" by Little Guy) has quickly become his favorite too. We don't follow the rules either (and if you've ever played games with a toddler, you know why), but we do take turns and have a lot of fun building our little Cootie bugs.
Grandma would be so proud!