1. ¡Adios!: Students form a line shoulder to shoulder. The teacher provides a word and the students have to spell it one letter at a time. (TIP: I type the word on my Smart Board as they say each letter for those visual learners). If we are spelling HOLA, the students go down the line and say (in Spanish) H-O-L-A. The next person says the definition in English, the person after that says ¡Adios! (or any "magic" word you want) and the following person is out for no reason at all. You are also out if you get your letter or definition wrong. Sometimes I let the people who get out (for no reason at all) choose the next word or type to keep them engaged.
2. Yo....¡Yo también!: I learned this as an ice-breaker game during staff development and modified it for my class. All the students sit on their desks and one student makes a true statement about themselves. If another student has that in common with them, they raise their hand and call out ¡Yo también! (Me too!) and say a new statement about themselves. After they participate, they sit in their seat and the goal is to get everyone to say something and show that we are all connected in some way.
3. Circumlocution riddles: Have students create definitions in Spanish for their current vocabulary list and share them with the class as riddles. Increase the complexity of the game by letting them pick any word they can define in Spanish. Whoever solves the riddle can make up the next one!
Ex: Es una fruta roja. (una manzana)
Es para escribir. (un lápiz)
You can use these posters previewed below to help teach them the basics of circumlocution.
5. Duolingo: I love this app too because you can use it for full class practice or let kids go off and do their own thing. It's an awesome time filler! Check out this blog post all about it!