Match Game

While we were drawing today, I decided to make one of those match games where you draw a line to match the silhouettes to the correct figure.  The kids really enjoyed the idea of a drawing game.  It took a little concentration too, and they were very proud when they finished.  Tess wanted to do it again and again.  If you want to try it out, there is a download below.

Click on the image below, then print.


  1. Muslim Hippie
    July 19, 2010 at 5:23 am

    You're awesome!

  2. Juicy Roo
    July 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

    Very cool, love the drawings. Joel I've been following your blog for a while and after you mentioned the origin of your last name a few posts back, I just had to ask: are you related to Richard Henriquez, the architect in Vancouver? I recall his name spelling changing and he was born in Jamaica. Any relation? Cheers, Julie

  3. Lori Henriques
    July 19, 2010 at 6:32 am

    such a precious photo . . . i haven't thought about these games for years. can't wait to give it to leo! :)

  4. K*and*Co
    July 19, 2010 at 7:04 am

    thank you very much

  5. Anisbee
    July 19, 2010 at 7:17 am

    I have just discovered your blog and I like it!
    A great dad who makes great things for his great kids, it is stunning and inspiring!
    I shall come back...

  6. Isa
    July 19, 2010 at 7:35 am

    I wouldn't know what to do on rainy days if it weren't for you, Joel! Thank you, as always!

  7. Betsy
    July 19, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Yet another lovely one! Thank you thank you.

  8. Joy N. Hensley
    July 19, 2010 at 11:06 am

    You are absolutely amazing! I tried making your pickup game and though mine just looked like bent paper clips (unlike yours) my 3 year old loves it, anyway! He also loves the paper city, but was asking where the trees and tents and campfire were (we take him camping, obviously!). Any chance of making an outdoor section or park to the paper city?

  9. modernmaam
    July 19, 2010 at 4:16 pm

    Oh, cute! I really like this one. She looks like she's having so much fun! You're little ones are brilliant!

  10. Joel Henriques
    July 19, 2010 at 9:52 pm

    Thanks everybody! Hope your kids like it.

    Juicy Roo - Cool, I wonder if we're related somehow. I'm not sure though.

    Joy N. Hensley - Yeah! The paper clip thing is really fun and so easy. Your "un-curled" version is probably easier to take back apart than mine. So it's probably even better.

  11. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 2:43 am

    Awesome! How old are your children?

  12. Joel Henriques
    July 20, 2010 at 3:36 am

    Thanks. They're 3 and a half.

    Oh, and Joy N. Hensley - Yes, making a park for the paper city is a good idea! I'll have to work on that one.

  13. meremade
    July 20, 2010 at 3:44 am

    This activity saved us during the pre-dinner fallout. Thank you!!!!

  14. Ellemme
    July 20, 2010 at 9:42 am

    Fantastic! Thanks for sharing, again! I'll print it for my daughter, to use on friday, when she'll be with me all the day long. She's one year younger than your kids, but I think she can do it!

  15. sherri
    July 20, 2010 at 7:48 pm

    I love that, at your house, you just "decide to make one of those match games" and this is what you bust out. How cool it must be for your kids to have you as their dad. I wish my printer was working, I'd print yours out, perhaps now I will make my own.

  16. Anonymous
    July 20, 2010 at 8:33 pm

    I'm hooked. I love your website.

  17. Anonymous
    July 21, 2010 at 9:47 pm

    Love this! If you did a pdf booklet of these I would love to buy it!

  18. megasimple
    July 22, 2010 at 3:23 pm

    Love your stuff. All of it. Pure genius. Posted about you today. Thanks for all you share. Looking forward to your book. Congrats!

  19. Moogie
    July 22, 2010 at 8:03 pm

    Hey Joel,
    Just wanted to say thank you for your blog. My children spent hours on their paper cities today
    We have also made your marble run.
    Your blog is perfect for rainy days!

  20. Joel Henriques
    July 22, 2010 at 9:14 pm

    Thanks for all the very nice comments!

    megasimple - Thanks, what a kind post! Very cool layout too!

    Moogie - Holy cow, that's the biggest paper city display I've ever seen! Ha. Oh, I love that. What an amazing job your kids did coloring it too. It must have taken forever.

  21. Sugar Mama
    July 27, 2010 at 4:32 pm

    Thank you! I printed this off for my daycare kids... and you've inspired me to "try" and make my own.

  22. rock@lulu
    July 30, 2010 at 8:26 am

    thanks for sharing all these precious imaginative treasures!

  23. Nouschine
    August 2, 2010 at 2:04 pm

    We love your games thank you so much! Greetings from Switzerland

  24. Adva, Kessem
    August 31, 2010 at 4:04 pm

    A great and inspiring idea, thanks! :-)

  25. Frau Traumberg
    September 7, 2010 at 11:37 am

    Great job!

    I printed out all your coloring pages and my two girls (6 & 3 years) love them! I'm going to show your site on my Monday Makers Link List soon!

    (And I orderes Anorak just because of you!)

    Greetings from Germany,


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    September 20, 2010 at 2:59 pm


  27. Marisa
    October 4, 2010 at 7:25 pm

    Hey Joel,
    My son loved this game. Feel free to post more on a regular basis! We do things like this on non-preschool days.

    I just posted a recycled cereal box holder I made for all these printable projects, and linked to this as a suggestion for other parents. Thanks!

  28. Dee
    April 10, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Lovely idea, love your site. Looking forward for more printable art!

  29. Beth Carter
    June 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    I've just discovered your site and am in love! I have one question, when I printed this matching game it cut off the bottom of the images. Any tips on how to get it printed fully? My 3yo is insanely intelligent and this is perfect for him! Thanks!

    1. June 28, 2011 at 4:27 pm

      Thanks everybody! Beth, I just switched the image to PDF. I think it might be easier to print now. Let me know if it works for you. Thanks! Joel

  30. Beth Carter
    June 28, 2011 at 4:40 pm

    Perfect! Thanks so much!!

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