Instead of paint I had the kids use scraps of colored paper, which we have a special box for in the art closet. No full sheets of construction paper were harmed in this lesson, which is great because sometimes the kids want one tiny piece of yellow and grab a whole sheet. Plus having the odd scraps made them think a bit more "out of the box." Ironically the more you think about trying to make a person out of the scraps, the harder it is. When doing the sample, I found it worked to just wing it for best results. Also, the younger kids had an easier time since they were less goal-oriented and perfectionists, compared to the older kids.
As a finishing touch, I has some leftover shiny wrapping paper and some very nice ribbon with music notes that helped add a festive whimsical note to the work.