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Mix-and-Match Cards

What you will make:

This project lets the creativity of children shine when they make a set of mix-and-match cards featuring faces drawn from their imagination. First, children draw faces on cards, and then cut each card into three pieces. The pieces from several faces can be mixed up and arranged into new, silly-looking faces. Just a few simple materials and a little instruction is all it takes.

Generations of kids have enjoyed playing with mix-and-match cards. Making your own set of mix-and-match cards is amusing, and it's silly fun to mix your set with a friend's. Some of the face combinations are sure to lead to giggles.

Here's what you need:
  • Cardstock
  • Scissors or paper trimmer
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Markers or crayons

This project is rated VERY EASY to do.

How to Make Silly Faces Mix-and-Match Cards

Read all of the steps before starting.
Step 1: Project Preparation

Pre-cut cards from the white cardstock. A sheet of cardstock cut into quarters makes good-size cards. Each set of mix-and-match cards requires at least three faces, so each child will need three or more cards.

Step 2: Draw Faces

Draw a face on each card in your set using a pencil. Make sure that the face fills the card and that all of the faces are about the same size on each card in the set.

The faces can include hats, clothing, jewelry, mustaches, glasses, etc. Cartoon-type faces with exaggerated ears and eyes and funny hair are the most fun.

Step 3: Color

Use a black marker or crayon to go over the pencil lines, and then add a bit of color to each drawing.

Step 4: Cut the Cards

Cut each card into three pieces using a paper trimmer or scissors. Make one cut just above the eyes and eyebrows, and the other cut just below the mouth.

Step 5: Mix and Match

Mix up all the pieces, then put them together into new faces. See how many funny faces can be made from your set of cards. Mix your cards with a friend's to make even more funny faces.

Store your mix-and-match set in an envelope or plastic bag.

That's it! How many face combinations can you make?
Set of silly faces mix-and-match cards

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Before you start:
  • Make a place to work.
  • Read all of the directions.
  • Gather everything you need to do the project.
  • Think about the project. Imagine how it will look and what you will do with it.

Are you ready?
Okay, get started!!!

Mix it up - combine three parts of three faces

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Tip: Try pieces from three different faces.

A red hat might be nice

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Tip: Or just swap out one piece.

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