People: Mixed-Up People! (Weekly Unplugged Project)

By , August 23, 2009 7:55 pm

The theme for this week’s Unplugged Project is people.

Our mixed-up people were fun and very easy to make.  Apart from generating child giggles, I plan on using this as a French language teaching tool.


1) Gather up magazines and catalogs (clothing catalogs are best), scissors, glue sticks, card stock, a three-hole punch, and a 3-ring binder. This was actually a challenge for me since I have gone from unwanted-catalog queen to hardly any catalogs at all thanks to Catalog Choice.

2) Cut out as many photos of complete people that you can.  You will be dissecting the photos into heads, torsos and legs.  Also look for interesting forward facing heads, torsos and legs.  Cut those out too.  Don’t really worry about sizes, you can triage the pictures later to pick the best ones. We even found a perfectly sized horse head and threw that in for fun.

NOTE:  Heads are easy, full torsos and legs are harder to find.

3) Sort your pictures into heads, middles and bottoms.  Count the number you have in each pile.  Based on this, you can decide how many of each kind you want.  Cut out more of any part you need, throw away any extras that don’t really work.  Size doesn’t have to be exact, but it’s best to try and keep things as uniform as possible.

4) Once your pictures are sorted, you’ll know how many sheets of card stock to prepare.  Punch holes in the card stock using the 3-hole punch.

Next, cut the card stock into three sections so that there is one hole in each section.  I made the leg section the biggest since I thought legs would need the most room.  I used a paper cutter and that made it easy to measure and cut to the appropriate size.  You could use scissors, but make sure you cut each section to the same size.

5)  Glue all the heads on the top part of the card stock.  Take care to glue the heads in about the same position on each page.  We put a finished page in front of us, and put the stack of empty pages below in order to see where it lined up.

6) Now glue the middles on.  Again, make sure you glue them in the same place on each card, and also make sure they are below the heads.  Place a head card on the table above the stack of empty torso cards, that way you can make sure that your torso is approximately lined up with the head.

7) Repeat the procedure for the legs.

8) Put your finished cards into the 3-ring binder, and flip them around to make some funny combinations!

To use this for foreign language teaching, simply ask children in the target language to make different combinations of people using vocabulary that they know, or are learning.  For example: “A woman with long hair, wearing a red cardigan and a skirt,” or “A child with an orange t-shirt and blue shorts.”


Did you do a people Unplugged Project this week?  If so, then thank you!  Please link to your project post in the linky below so we can all find your project.  If you didn’t join in with a people-themed project, then please don’t link, but read more about how to join in here. We’d love to have you!

Participation has been down lately, so if you have been merely lurking and thinking about trying it, now’s a great time to join in.  The more projects we have to offer, the more fun and interesting it is for all.


The theme for next week’s Unplugged Project will be:


Remember, be creative with the theme and above all, have fun!


Remember, the linky is for Unplugged people projects only, thanks!

7 Responses to “People: Mixed-Up People! (Weekly Unplugged Project)”

  1. Claire in Tasmania says:

    That looks like such great fun! And a good idea for language practice.

    Our people project is helping my aunt put together posters with labelled photos of all my grandmother’s descendants (people). Granny’s memory has gone and she’s distressed that she can’t keep up with us all. So we’ll put these posters up on her walls in her room at the nursing home and maybe she’ll feel more a part of her family again.

  2. Mom Unplugged says:

    Oh Claire! What a sweet idea! I am sure your grandmother will love it (and find it useful too). I am watching four 4 year-olds today, but I’ll be stopping by to see as soon as I can!

  3. Claire in Tasmania says:

    Sorry, I don’t have a blog. You’ll just have to imagine: 2 huge pieces of cardboard with about four family photos on each, and a narrower one with photos of her four daughers and their husbands.
    Names carefully hand-lettered beneath or above each photo.

  4. Mom Unplugged says:

    Sorry I can’t see pictures. It sounds lovely and is a wonderful idea. Please let me know what your grandmother thinks. I am sure she’ll be thrilled!

  5. cara says:

    I love this idea and hope to find time soon to put one together for my daughter!
    .-= cara´s last blog ..Florida: Alligator =-.

  6. SkylarKD says:

    Great idea! Now I know what I can do with the pile of Sears catalogues in a basket upstairs! lol
    .-= SkylarKD´s last blog ..Super simple activities for lazy days! =-.

  7. Mom Unplugged says:

    Sears would be PERFECT for this. Have fun!

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