The kids each get to hold one as we read, and when their character has a line, they hold him up high and bobble him around to make him "talk."
I'm always on the lookout for recreations of our favorite story characters. I find puppets, stuffed/plush dolls, and even china dolls (I have Anne of Green Gables, thanks to my mom's eBay addiction!). My kids love it! It really makes storytime come to life!
I do whatever works to make reading fun around here! For more great ideas and tips, check out Works-For-Me-Wednesday!