My class paints whales about 1-2 feet long on white paper. We help with the shapes but they draw and paint themselves. We cut them out with another piece of paper at the same time. Then we staple all around leaving a space open. Then we take crumpled newspaper and stuff the whales. Then we hang them from the ceiling in our classroom. It looks like a big pod of whales. What is great is when my kids pick different whales like, Orcas, narwhale, beluga, gray & blue whales.