I have done this project for many years with great results. The kids enjoy making the animals and treasure them for years. I've sometimes had the students make stand alone animals and at other times have had students place them in environments they make with foam board, paint, and artificial foliage. I've also done this project with teachers at in-service workshops and with graduate art education classes. Although this is a step by step lesson plan, there is plenty of leeway for individual expression and innovative interpretations. I've sometimes combined this project with a study of Oaxacan Paper Mache and Carved Animal Creatures. I include resource materials in case you want link this with folk arts.