I don’t care how old you are, the PotatoHead family and Legos are things you don’t outgrow.
In studio when students come in and have no energy or apparent internal motivation I will pull out my helper Mr. PotatoHead. For each “challenge” I set forth they get to blindly draw a body part to put on Mr. PotatoHead.
The amount of times Mr. PotatoHead has helped a lesson where a tired 3-year-old (“I don’t wanna play cello today!”) walks into my studio into a “But it can’t be the end of the lesson – he still doesn’t have arms! One more song!” is astounding. Seriously magical.
Do you have any other games that motivate your students to play?