Blue and Red

By Activity Bank on Jan 14, 2014

This activity has been revised and was originally created by Kathy Heydt and published in the Perkins Activity and Resource Guide (1st edition, Volume 2, 1992).  The second edition is available for purchase.

Many students with multiple disabilities have difficulty developing body awareness, particularly right and left lateral discrimination. This activity is appropriate for students with low vision, and works to improve body awareness and right/left discrimination on the student’s own body. Lessons include Orientation & Mobility.


Gloves, various blue and red items


  • Provide the student with one red glove for the right side and one blue glove for the left side.
  • Provide the student with a variety of red items on his right side.
  • Provide the student with a variety of blue items on his left side.
  • Ask the student to reach with the right hand (red glove) for any red item on the right.
  • Vary your requests, but always reach right hand to right side and left hand to left side.


  • Use socks on the feet and place matching footprints or shapes on the floor.
  • After the student understands reaching to the same side, begin to ask him to reach for any blue item on the opposite left side using the right hand (red glove).
  • Some students may find the use of two colors confusing. Begin with only one color on one side.

Hints: Provide the right/left label throughout the day during routine activities. It may also be helpful to touch the side as you label it.

blue and red activity collage