Can You Find It?

By Activity Bank on Jan 02, 2014

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

The ability to identify objects is the basis of much structured work in language and cognition. This activity works to teach students to identify objects receptively – to select a named object upon request – as well as increase tactile stimulation. Lessons include English Language Arts and Independent Living Skills.


Familiar objects of various sizes and textures which students encounter in everyday life: shoe, cup, bowl, spoon, mitten, towel, key, soap, plate, hat, comb, toothbrush, sponge


  • Present the student with two familiar objects on a tray or defined surface. Ask the student to hand you one of the objects: “Give me the ________.”
  • If the student repeatedly gives items at random or always selects the closest object, begin by having her place one hand on each object or try using only one object at a time until she learns the concept of “give me.”
  • Ask the student to name what she finds.
  • Reinforce the student by saying, “Yes, you found the _____.”


  • Place several objects in a bag, a box, or other container and have the student pull out the named object.
  • Do this activity with a group of students and have them ask each other for a specific object.
  • Continue to increase the number of objects from which the student is selecting the named object.
  • Play Object Bingo by making game cards with small objects glued on. Students place markers on named objects until they cover a row or column, as in bingo.
  • Set up the classroom into defined areas – cooking, playing, etc. After orienting the student to the area, ask her to get materials for an activity.

Hint: Ask students to give you various objects throughout the course of the day. At mealtime or snack time, you might say to the students, “Give me your cup.”



Can You Find It collage