I started off with an introduction to texture PowerPoint. Here are the slides all together-
I asked the students to describe how the objects in the photos would feel to touch. They had to use words like bumpy, smooth, rough, hard, soft, etc.
For many classes, the PowerPoint, the story, and the texture sheets took the whole class period. If students finished early, they could do a "blueprint" for their wild thing on the back.
On the second day, we drew the wild things with pencils making sure to draw lots of texture, we traced with markers, we colored with crayons, and then we embellished with feathers and beads! [And yes we are still working on the whole "corner sun" situation...]