You will need:
Full body photos of your students
Drawings of animals done by your students
Alligator/Binder Clips (I got mine from the dollar spot at Target)
First, cut out the photos and animals so that you have their actual shapes. Then laminate them using the hardest lamination possible. Cut them out leaving a 1/2" at the base of each photo/animal. Now you're ready for the alligator clips! Place one photo/animal into each clip so that when the metal prongs are up, the clip is standing, supporting the photo. Next, turn the metal prongs downward as though you are going to squeeze the clip open, and instead, squeeze the 2 sides of each individual prong toward each other and remove them from the clip. Repeat this with all of the prongs. You may want to save them as replacing the pictures is a lot easier with the prongs.
You now have your very own homemade play people and animals. Your kids will love playing in the block center "with their friends and drawings".