This is an old time memory game that can be used for reviewing there is and there is / are / was / were and for introducing a bit of useful vocabulary around common household objects.
You will need: a tray, a tea towel and about 15 different, common,household objects (some in multiples). For example, a battery, a lightbulb, some coins, 2 teaspoons, a lighter, a tea bag, a fork, an eraser, some rubber bands, a coaster etc. The collection of objects must be able to fit together on the tray and be hidden under the tea towel.
Introduce the verb remember and the noun memory and ask the class if they think they have good memories. How many telephone numbers they can remember, etc. Tell them you are going to test how good they are at remembering with a memory test.
Produce the tray on which are laid the objects covered up by the tea towel. Ask students to come and stand round the tray and tell them that they will have one minute to try and remember as many items as they can. Then they must return to their desks and write down as many objects as they can remember. If they don’t know the English word for the object they can write it down in their own language or draw a picture.
Remove the tea towel for one minute and then send students back to their desks and give them two minutes to write their lists.
Find out who has the best memory by seeing which students has remembered the largest number of objects. It’s unlikely that any will have all 15.
Tell the students how many objects they should have on their list (15), see if together with their neigbour they can remember all 15 objects.
Finally go round the class asking each student to name one of the objects from the tray using there is or there are . Remove the objects from the tray as you go along, putting everything back in your bag.
Towards the end of the class, get students to see how many of the objects they still can remember by asking them what items were on the tray. Students this time replying with there was and there were.
Try it again at the beginning of the next lesson and see if they can still remember all the objects and associated vocabulary.