Last year I did Wild Things with my 1st graders. They turned out super cute. It was a 3 week project.
Week 1: Draw Wild Thing, look at different types of patterns/animal designs to cover bodies to add, paint outlines with black paint.
Week 2: Colorfully paint Wild Thing.
Week 3: Cut out Wild Thing and mount on colorful paper. On scratch paper, create a name for Wild Thing and write a sentence about what your Wild Thing likes to do. I looked at their writing to make corrections before they made a final copy and glued it onto their artwork.