If you're looking to get started with programming in using Scratch with students, and don't want to be predictable by focussing on game creation, an alternative approach is to use Scratch as an animation or story-telling tool. In the screencast below, I show you how this approach can work by creating a simple narrative featuring two characters.

You can download the Scratch template file used in the screencast here:

Note that the new version of Scratch is now an online tool, rather than a piece of software that you download and install. Visit scratch.mit.edu to get started.

For a variety of other ideas for using Scratch, I heartily recommend visiting The Digital Schoolhouse.