Class Size: All
Get the students sitting down in a circle. Place one of the plastic food items in the bag without the class seeing which one it is. Have the students pass the bag around the room, guessing what is inside. Ask the students what they think it is, and have one of the students (otoubansan?) open it to see if they are correct. Towards the end, place non-food items in the bag for maximum deception and hilarity.
Set the Table Race- Dave S
Best suited level: Cho. Chu with more support.
Flashcards to use: food (though any will work)
Class size: whole class
Set up: If possible, it would be good to use coloured tape to put lines down on the ground to indicate where the teams should line-up. You also need props - chopsticks, paper cups and plates, plastic forks and spoons (use your judgement on giving your kids plastic knives!), and placemat photocopies (from the office)
Divide the class into two teams (or more if a large class) Have them sit down in lines. Give each team a name, like 'apple team', 'banana team' etc. If you have a long seika class, let the kids decide their own team name. On the other side of the room, lay out all the cutlery and plates/cups (one for each team). Then put a placemat photocopy in front of each of the teams (to put their things onto)
Model the game by joining one of the teams and stand at the front of the line. Call out a vocab item and then have the kids say 3-2-1 GO! before you run over to the cutlery and plates to find the right item. Run back to the placement, and model clearly that the kids should get the correct item, and put it in the correct place on the mat. An incorrect item, or incorrect placement gets zero points. Sit at the back of the line when the round has finished.
With the teams sitting in their lines, shuffle the cards and then everyone says 3-2-1 GO! Turnover the card (or simply just say it) to the front member of both (or all if more than one) teams. Give the team that correctly gets the right item and places it correctly a point and then encourage the entire class to repeat the vocab. Repeat.