Tell them that he normally sits in his space (point to the empty chair) and that he was there yesterday, but he isn't there today. Hopefully someone will make up a reason why "Paul" isn't in today. Continue like this for a while, with the children explaining where he is.
Argue with them, saying that you have heard differently. Finally, say that as Paul is missing, we will have to make some missing person posters, explaining who Paul is (with a picture so others can identify him!
), where he was last seen and who to contact if he is found.
Includes ‘a cap on a duck’, ‘a dragon on a rainbow’, ‘three clowns on swings’, ‘a rat at a picnic’ and loads more!
A great stimulus to encourage children to write simple captions.