Using food always gets the attention of my students, but using CANDY is a fool proof way to keep their attention. Even quite kids are sure to participate if it means they get to eat candy in class.
I love using Downeast Teach's -MM-Game, however, there's always the kiddo that can't eat chocolate. I've adapted the activity to use Skittles. You can find it at Getting-to-Know-you-with-Skittles.
I can't wait to use both this school year!