I just got a stack of books from Book Depository and got straight on to reading Press Here by Herve Tullet. It was relatively easy to read this to a three and a half year old with a bit of magic. He was so happy to see what the dots did each time he turned the page after clapping, touching or blowing on them.
UPDATE: Check out the Herve Tullet website I see many more of these books making it to our house in the near future :)
It got me thinking about how we present things to learners including adult learners. In a time where information is so easy to come by I think it's even more important to present things with a little magic. As teachers / trainers I think it's really important to create a little magic with whatever it is we're hoping our learners will learn. It's something I've been playing around with when training, how am I creating magic? What am I showing people or helping people to realise that's going to give them a 'wow this is awesome' moment in their learning?
We've now read the book around 15 times in the last two days - 3.5 year olds love magic books apparently :). I think I'll be using a concept like this when I present on Virtual Reality next week... watch this space...