It was my turn to plan family night, and I had a craving for arts & crafts, while I knew my husband would be in the mood for games and competition. Thankfully, I found a great combo in the Puzzle People Game!
I got the idea for Puzzle People from Scrumdilly-do’s Boredom Busters: Crazy Creatures post. You can follow her thorough & colorful how-to there; basically, you want to:
1. Line up index cards (we did 3) and draw one character across the three: head, body, and legs/feet. It’s okay if it’s not humanoid, so long as it can fit across the cards.
2. We then wrote “head” “body” and “feet” on the back sides, but won’t do this next time – see below.
3. Mix up the cards.
4. Make up games to play with them! Use your imagination, use her ideas, or try mine, below.
5. Keep ’em for more fun later – we used a simple plastic zip-top bag.
Game #1. Story Telling:
After separately drawing our characters, we introduced each with a little (funny) story. The body (middle card) in the photo above, for example, is a young chef who loves cooking, mixing, and his fun checkered pants.
Game #2. Crazy People:
We mixed up the heads in one stack, bodies in one stack, and feet in one stack, all upside-down. Because we could tell by handwriting what was what, we dealt them out rather than choosing cards (next time we’ll leave off the backs). We each had one minute to come up with a name for the newly-created person, along with a story about why they look the way they do.
Game #3. Build-a-Person: We shuffled all the cards together and dealt 5 to each player. The goal was to get a complete, matching, head-body-feet character.
We held our cards so only we could see them and, in “Go Fish” fashion, asked, “Do you have a _____?”
“Do you have a head? Body? Feet?” If the player has any, they have to pick one and give it to you. If they don’t have one, you draw one from the top of the card pile. Either way, you always end your turn by discarding one card to the bottom of the draw pile so that your hand ends up with 5 cards again.
The winner, of course, is whoever first puts together a complete, matching person!
This was a fun, silly, game since you don’t have a lot of control over what you get, and you have crazy looking people in your hand the whole game.
We’ve had our cards for 6 years now and still bring them to restaurants and waiting rooms for a little boredom-busting fun!
Share links or ideas in the comments of other games and activities you get to make & then play.