This is a simple but effective way to recycle vocabulary with YLs.
This is my vocabulary box. This one was made with very young learners in mind so ,the pictures and box are a bit babyish.
You can choose another design for older children, more appropriate to their ages and interests. The first step is the box. The children love the box in itself. It never fails to stir their interest when I walk into class with it. After you've made your box the fun starts.
As I teach all of my YL classes using a coursebook, we have a lot of flashcards. I collect them in the box and we play a lot of games with them. Here are a few of my favourite games:
1. I've lost my voice : Sit the children in a circle. Ask one of the children to come to the front. They take out a picture flashcard. You tell them that they've lost their voice. They're only allowed to mouth the word to the other students. The students watch and guess the word. This is a lovely quiet activity and a great, fun way to recycle vocabulary.
2. Pictionary: Fill the box with word cards instead of picture flashcards. Sit the the children in a circle as before. One child takes out a word card and draws a visual representation of the word on the board. Children take it in turn to guess the word.
3. I'm the teacher : This can be used for fast finishers. If you have children that have finished an activity earlier they can get the box and take it turns in being the teacher by quizzing their friends on the vocabulary.
4.Make a sentence : With older students they can take a word or picture flashcard and make a sentence that includes that word. Helps children to 'know' a word by giving them practice in using it in a sentence.
5. Spelling Bee: Take a flashcard and spell the word. Helps children to 'know' a word by being able to spell it.