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Looks-Alike a Lot of Fun


The other day I took my girls to a museum to see Joan Steiner’s Look-Alikes exhibit. She creates realistic miniature scenes using everyday household objects, such as combs, erasers, buttons, lollipops, dental floss and pretzels. We were absolutely amazed!

At each scene, we were prompted to try and find as many different objects as possible. The engaging activity was a combination of I Spy and Where’s Waldo! We took turns trying to stump each other.

“Can you find the postage stamp?”

“Can you find the clothes pin?”

When it was my turn, I asked, “Can you find the telephone cord?”


Clearly, I won that round. I seriously had to stop the game and explain that phones weren’t always cordless!


We were so impressed with Joan’s exhibit that we decided to create our own Look-Alike scene. I bought one of her books to help us out, but all you need to create your own Look-Alike is imagination, a box to frame your scene, and some items you have around the house already. You do not need all of these items, but here’s a list of items to choose from:

  • Crayons
  • Paper Clips
  • Erasers
  • Clothes Pins
  • Cotton Balls
  • Combs
  • Buttons
  • Dog Biscuits
  • Dental Floss
  • Tissue Paper
  • Wrapping Paper
  • Playing Cards
  • Lollipops
  • Golf Tees
  • Macaroni
  • Crackers
  • Stickers
  • Spools of Thread

My kids loved finding the objects because it felt like a scavenger hunt. Then they decided to use the objects to create a miniature version of our home. So far, they have spent over three hours on this project, but not all the same day. It’s become an ongoing craft they work on when they have downtime. So, when I need to get work done I say,

“Why don’t you go work on your Look-Alike.”


And off they go.

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    On September 13th, 2007 at 11:22 am, Char said:

    This looks like an activity that my girls would love to do!

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