Once the cards have been arranged on the board, Word swap is a simple game that draws attention to different components of a structure. Tell your students to close their eyes (or stand up and look at the back wall if peeping is a problem) and while they aren’t looking, swap two of the cards. Signal that they should look at the board again and encourage them to put their hands up and tell you which cards have been swapped. This is an activity that can easily be led by the children, with them taking it in turn to swap cards, identify the swap and swap the cards back.
Lucky dip is a more challenging activity requiring children to create their own structures from random words. Prepare cards to practise your target structure, producing multiples of each of the words involved. Put the cards in a hat or an opaque bag and invite individuals to pick a card for themselves or their group. Children keep picking cards until they have the right words to create a structure.
These activities really make the children think and they can be applied to any new grammar.