While outside with your child, look for rocks, leaves, or pinecones, and use these objects to retell one of your child’s favourite stories or songs. For example, sing “Old MacDonald” and pretend to use the objects as different animals. Ask your child for ideas.
At this age, your child uses pretend play to practice his/her understanding of symbols—that one thing can stand for another. Being able to make these kinds of connections and to think creatively are important parts of learning how to read and communicate.