I was sat reading Whatever Next to my charges when I thought it might be fun to try and recreate a picnic on the moon. If you are unfamiliar with the story by Jill Murphy, it is about Baby Bear going to the moon before his bath time. He finds a rocket (a cardboard box), a space helmet ( a colander) and space boots (his wellies) and he grabs some food and his teddy and takes off up the chimney. He meets an owl on his way and when they get to the moon they have a picnic before Baby Bear comes home for his bath.
So my charges and I found a cardboard box, two colanders, their wellies and teddies and off we went to the moon. I read the book to them as we went along. Both of them loved going in the box and pretending to fly to the moon (it was a bit of a bumpy flight!) Once we landed we had our picnic and then of course when we came back home we had to land just like Baby Bear with a….. BUMP!!!
The great thing with this idea is that you can apply it to so many different books and it doesn’t matter if you don’t have every prop, as long as you talk about what you are doing and read the story as you go along.