While I am making dinner this is usually how the conversation runs with Rebe:
Rebe: Mummy what's for dinner?
Me: Oh, noodles.
Rebe: What sort of animal likes noodles ?
Me: Erm, oh I think pandas like noodles.
Rebe: Ok pretend I'm a little panda who's lost and who has come for dinner.
She then gets into that animal mode; crouching on the floor mewing, or dressing up in relevant colour or in the case of the panda a bit of face painting... Dinner is never boring in our house with all the strange and unusual guests we have!