Whose is it?

By Activity Bank on May 09, 2013

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.

This activity reinforces correct pronoun usage and helps students identify possession. Lessons include Language, Social Skills, and Concept Development.


A box to hold shoes


  • Have each student and each adult remove one shoe and place it in a central box.
  • Take turns having each student take one shoe out of the box.
  • Ask students to determine who the shoe belongs to. Have them tell everyone “It’s Debbie’s shoe.” Provide assistance if needed.


  • If this activity is too difficult, try it with just one adult and one child.
  • Substitute “my,” “your,” “her,” or “his” for proper names.
  • Use items other than shoes, such as coats or hats.

Hint: During the course of the day, help students to identify who various items belong to: “Let’s walk around Janet’s desk,” or “Will you pass Matthew’s cup to him?”