­Match-Up Books are hours of fun.

Match-Up Books

This paper craft flip book lets kids create their own collection of kooky characters.

What You'll Need:

  • 2 sheets of white paper (8-1/2x11 inches)
  • Scissors
  • Light cardboard
  • Crayons or markers
  • Stapler

How to Make Match-Up Books:

Step 1: Cut each sheet of paper into 3 equal-size rectangles. (Cut across the short side of the paper.) This will give you 6 rectangles.

Step 2: Cut a piece of light cardboard the same size as the rectangles. Stack the 6 paper rectangles on top of each other. Fold them down twice, dividing the papers into 3 sections.

Step 3: Unfold the rectangles and draw a different person, family member, animal, or monster on each page. Draw the head in the top square, the body in the middle square, and the legs at the bottom.

(NOTE: The drawings should all be about the same size, and the heads, bodies, and legs should all line up in the same place. This way the head of one figure will line up with the body on every other ­drawing.)

Step 4: After you finish drawing, put the piece of cardboard on the bottom of the stack. Then staple the left side of your drawings together to make a book.

Step 5: Carefully cut across the papers along the folds, stopping before you get to the left side. (Don't cut the cardboard!)

Your book is done. Flip through your book, turning different flaps at a time, to see what silly characters you can create!

Paper crafts are great fun, and they also make great gifts. Your kids will learn how to make a special book just for Mom in the next section.

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