DRESSING UP: Eddie Garrard, 4, and Audrey Alley, 5, at Bumblebee Early Education Centre during Book Week.
DRESSING UP: Eddie Garrard, 4, and Audrey Alley, 5, at Bumblebee Early Education Centre during Book Week. Mireille Merlet-Shaw

Kids find their characters

IT'S OFTEN said that kids learn best through play and at Bumblebee Early Education Centre in Goonellabah that philosophy is being put to the test.

Yesterday kids got the opportunity to transform themselves into their favourite book characters as part of Book Week celebrations for the MS Readathon.

Sleeping Beauty, assorted fairies and angels made up a good number of the preferred characters, and Spiderman was also a hot favourite with boys and girls.

It seems there's still nothing like dressing up to fuel children's imaginations. Eddie Garrard, 4, came as the book character Wally, complete with beanie and round glasses.

Teachers said Eddie had become quite the expert at finding Wally in the popular Where's Wally picture books. Eddie also had fun keeping teachers on their toes by playing a real-life Wally and hiding in the gardens.

Meanwhile Hayden Shepherd, dressed as his favourite character Superman, was keen to race across the room. The children have also been hard at work in the lead-up to Book Week creating their own picture story book. "We're trying to develop that love of reading as soon as possible," early childhood teacher Emma Gass- ner said.

"It's all about stimulating an interest in reading; it develops their imagination and creativity, and they enjoy it too."



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