I use this as a beginning of the year writing lesson. I give all students a mini package of M&Ms and however many of each color they have, is how many sentences they have to write for that given color. For example, if they have 3 brown M&Ms, they have to write 3 things they can't live without. This works great to get students writing in those first few days of school, and for you to get to know them a little better!
*You can also use skittles for this lesson if students do not like M&Ms.