Empathy is on the agenda!
I then had my kiddo look at each shoe and tell me a gender, age and a word or sentence, that would describe the 'wearer.'
After they describe all the shoes, have them explain why. What identifiers did they use? Color? Wear? You can then discuss how we never know what a person is eperiencing until we see life 'in their shoes.' To take it a step further you can have them draw their own shoes and have them describe what they wish people knew about them if others saw life in their shoes. My client was really detailed in her story about each shoe--not so much of a writer, so being able to talk to her about what she wrote opened a lot of opportunities for talks of empathy, judging 'books by their covers,' and bullying.
Stay classy (and not sick!) my friends!!