Lately we have taken this to another level.
This is how we bought Wombat Stew to life using pretend play & a little imagination.
Reading is much more interesting and intriguing to children when you use exciting faces, character voices and engage them in the process. Pointing to the words as reading them, discussing what they think will happen or for older children, getting them to fill in the blanks. I do this often with Dimples, reading a familiar sentence then pointing to the last word and pausing so he can finish it.
Have you heard of it? I think it is an Australian Classic. Well written, great illustrations, up beat, fun, educational and it rhymes. Dimples sings along to the dingos chant and gets right into it, he finds the ending hilarious every time.
Dimples sat his fat wombat ready as he stirred the billy and chanted "righto, in they go!" along with the story as he put in the ingredients. All the while the kookaburra sat by and watched, just like in the illustrations.
It was awesome fun and he played with his Wombat Brew for a while after chatting away to himself. I'd here the occasional "righto in they go!" as he inspected the ingredients.
Happy Adventures :)