M seems so much happier (and more manageable) when we've been able to include some active activities in our day. My latest attempt in this direction has been "Run n' spell." Here's an example of how we do it:
Me: Run and go touch something in this room.
M: (runs to couch) couch
Me: Ok, M, come on back and we'll see if we can spell it together. c-c-c-ouch. What letter makes the c- sound?
Me: That's right! Couch starts with C. (as I write it on an index card) c-o-u-c-h. Ok- go give the couch it's name tag.
M: (runs back to couch and puts the card on it)
Despite its simplicity, M really gets a kick out of it!