Pin the Flag on the Country
If you’re trying to teach your students Latin American country names in Spanish, the old children’s game of Pin the Tail on the Donkey may do the trick. You’ll need a very large wall map of the world or whichever continent you’re learning about at a given time, some thumbtacks, a blindfold and pictures of various country flags pasted onto index cards. If you can’t come up with images of country flags, just print out the country names in Spanish and use those instead.
Stand one student at a time near the wall with the map, blindfold him, and carefully spin him around a couple of times to disorient him. Then hand him one of the thumbtack/card flags or country names and tell him which country it is. He has to somehow pin the correct country name or flag in the correct place in the map. Given that he’s blindfolded and disoriented, he can only do that with his fellow students’ help. It’s their job to direct him (in Spanish, of course) until he gets the marker in the right place. Then it’s another student’s turn.
You can play this active Spanish game in one class as a whole or in small teams. If you play with teams, those who pin the marker correctly advance to the next round and those who don’t get the marker in the right place can sit down or be melded into one of the continuing teams. Break ties, if necessary, by giving the win to the fastest team. And if you're not studying countries right now, you can still use the good old unfortunate donkey--who should be available at any party store--and his cola to good use. Your students will still refine their ability to issue and understand imperatives whilst greatly enjoying the chance to order each other around.
Read up on European country names in Spanish for additional practice.