Last week, I asked my students (from 2nd year of ESO) to bring a special object for them. Once again, it has been a very enriching experience, they brought some cards, bracelets and some big toys ;) All of them took part, they got involved really well, and above all, they were speaking English! I asked them: Why is it special for you? Who gave you this? When did they give you this? Why? I just tried to elicit the whole story behind their particular object.
As you can see, it's a very simple oral task, they used the Past Simple, they learned new words, ... AWESOME!!! because Learning English is always Fun!!! :)