How do you put more fun into a language activity? Why...add buzzers, of course! :-)
We pulled out an old memory game and set each student up with ten cards. Then I gave them a receptive language task of finding a card that matched my hint, such as: find one that flies, find one that you can wear, find one that smells, etc. The first kid to buzz in with their buzzer gets to make a sentence with the item on their card and turn their card over. The first one to have all of their ten cards turned over wins the game~!
As you see, if they are focusing on a specific objective such as using "is/are/am" in their sentences, I sometimes put that in writing on the table with a white board marker.