This stand-alone puzzle activity might be just the ticket if you are looking for an entertaining way to focus on reading in context. My students genuinely love Drôle d'exercice and I hope yours will, too.
Although this set is intended for more advanced groups, you can easily cull the simpler cartoons and texts for younger pupils to work (play!) with.
My recommended grade range is extensive because this puzzle is suitable for younger grades in Immersion and First Language French programmes and older grades in Core French.
If my Drôle d'exercice inspires you to create one or two of your own, please let me know! Working in isolation is not half as gratifying as working with colleagues.