I'm thinking that spray painting the animals might be a good idea. That would be relatively simple to do, and we could use the spray paint to make different features on the board (such as an outline for the cards to fall on). Good job to Krisoula for getting the pieces at A.C. Moore.
Let me know your thoughts on this idea. I don't know what or how many colors we would need. I know blue is a necessity for the water. I know we discussed the concept of starting on an island and ending on mainland, so we will need green and perhaps a tan color.