Step one was to paint the tissue paper. We used paintbrushes, toys with wheels, rollers to make designs, fingers, anything we could get to put paint on the paper. Since I knew I would be short on time, we completed some paper at home before bringing it to class so the students would have dry paper to cut. In the future, I would simply devote an entire class period to the tissue paper decorating.
Once the tissue paper was all painted, we set it aside to dry. I read the students Brown Bear, Brown Bear to demonstrate a piece of Eric Carle's work. Then the students decided on an animal to create and made it! I was surprised how little help they needed with this part!