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 lively activity helps students to identify the function of common objects while reinforcing body part identification. It also helps to reinforce daily living skills. Lessons include English Language Arts and Independent Living.
Do this activity with other objects from the students’ daily experience. Sing a verse about the function of each named object to the tune of “Put Your Finger in the Air.” Help students to perform the action for each verse.
If you try this variation, you will need an object box containing familiar objects from daily experience, such as soap, towel, cup, spoon, bell, toothbrush, sponge and key.
Throughout the day, talk with students about the functions of the various objects. Ask them where they put different clothing items. For example, when it’s time to go outside in cold weather, ask them what they need to put on their heads.
Hint: Be sure to clean items after use. Provide students with their own set of objects when hygiene is a concern – individual cups, spoons and toothbrushes.