A favorite activity that I've done with several different topics (food and school supplies, and I can also see it being done easily with clothing, although I never got around to it!) is shopping / the marketplace. It's just what it sounds like -- our classroom becomes a live marketplace or store where the kids buy and sell plastic realia (and pictures of items when I don't have enough!). For money, I invested in a lovely set of fake-but-authentic-looking euros and the kids LOVED using them! In addition to authentic money, there are several opportunities to weave culture into this activity, such as markets / small shops, cultural icon stores like El Corte Inglés, how to say prices, and even exchange rates.
|two 7th-graders interacting at a "school supply shop"|
The other students are "customers", who have to make a shopping list on a budget (writing & life skill!), ask for the items they want (speaking), and pay the correct amount of money when asked (listening). If they're interested, I try to let the shop owners swap with a customer partway through, so they can experience both roles.
While this activity tends to be SO engaging that some kids will try to slip into English more than usual at first, it's awesome once everyone gets going in the TL (like always, close monitoring is the key!). The best part is when those super-enthusiastic students dive thoroughly into their role and start telling the "English-sneaking" kids "I don't speak English"!
I love it because it creates a completely authentic way to use language, plus the chance to "experience" some of those cultural elements! As for the kids, they rush around with sparkling eyes and always list it as one of their favorite activities.