This simple language art activity encourages kids to delve deeper into the emotions of characters in the story they are reading.
Pick a book with several main characters and look through it ahead of time. Make a word label for each main character (mama bear, baby bear, so on). Sit down in group and pick one child to play each main character before you start reading. Affix a character label to their chest with making tape to work on literacy skills. Then read the book to the group.
Ad you read the story, call upon each character to mime the actions and emotions they would be experiencing during that part of the story. Walking in place, for example, or crying without making a sound. The kids will have fun with it, and its a great way to bring new life into stories they know my heart.