I’d like to share with you one of my favourites: a puzzle on English tenses system. Works great with men, or at least with people who have analytical mindset, and with people who appreciate clear structures.
It’s very simple – you just have to cut it into separate cards so that only a “skeleton” is left – and ask your student (or a group – it works in both cases) to restore the table again.In case your students are only vaguely familiar with some of the tenses (e.g., they’ve come across Present Perfect Continuous once or twice, but it’s not their active grammar)), you can leave some areas uncut. Don’t forget to have a spare copy – so that your students can check themselves! When the puzzle is completed, ask your students to provide really good examples for each of the tenses and put them into their copies to remember.
All in all, it’s a simple grammar table containing the functions of different tenses and typical adverbs (e.g., usually, regularly for Present Simple). But what makes it work so well are 2 things: it’s colourful (unlike the boring grammar tables), and the colour shades help to find the right place for each card; and it is really a puzzle, which in its turn makes ther grammar revision into a fun and challenging game. Enjoy!