Effective Tactile Learning Activities to Help Kinesthetic Learners Reduce Learning Frustration

Tactile learning activities can minimize kinesthetic learners stress in a typical learning environment.

Tactile learning preferences children find it stressful when they are made to sit still read and listen in a classroom environment. To relieve the stress, they may resort to action such as frequenting the rest room or get up to sharpen their pencils in the class. While in their seat, they start wriggling their legs, rocking or leaning in their chair. They are frequently mislabeled with attention deficit disorder when such behaviors are deemed unacceptable to parents, teachers or caretakers.

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Basically, kinesthetic learners

  • like to feel and handle things
  • have short attention span
  • like activities to keep them moving and doing
  • prefer to show rather than describe things
  • learn best with hands-on; prefer to try things out themselves

They need to engage in activities to learn best.

Math Activities for Kinesthetic Learners

Many daily activities involve math. Take opportunities to turn them into math lessons for kids. Play store, card games and make crafts are just some examples.

Math manipulatives are useful teaching tool.  Tactile learning child touches and builds abstract mathematical concept using concrete material. It makes learning math interesting and enjoyable.

Learn Science with Hands-on Approach

Nothing beat learning science with experiments and activities…kids explore, discover and have lots of fun along the learning process.

No need expensive equipment or science kit if we inject some creativity in designing science experiments and activities. Safe and easy experiments can be carried out with materials we found in kitchen and at home.

Learn to Read for tactile learners

Get active kids to sit down quietly for a reading session can be a challenge, sometimes. Use guided reading activities to encourage reading and help them to form reading habits.

More Tactile Learning Activities

Build Model

lego block for kinesthetic learners

Blocks or LEGO are open-ended toys children of all ages like to play. For older kids, there are airplane, dinosaur, animals and car models. They are versatile and seldom outgrown in a short time.

I am constantly in search for such educational toys. It is worth the investment for our children learning.

Drama and Play

Participate in drama and play provides the chance to use body and movement for expression. This is a wonderful outlet for a kinesthetic child.

Get Outdoor and Explore Nature

Hold lesson in a different setting gives everyone a refreshing learning experience.

Take a stroll around botanic garden. Observe shapes and fruits of trees, collect seeds, touch the leaves, and smell the flowers. Children no longer struggle to recognize trees and flowers from textbook but through actual plants.

seashells painting as kinesthetic learning activities

Go to the beach and play with sand. Learn to write on sand is really fun.

Build sand castle, pick and observe the different shapes and colors of seashells. Children can turn these shells into beautiful art mementoes.


Cooking provides children the knowledge on

  • Volume measurement, sizes, shapes, three-dimensional objects
  • Temperature and time setting, chemical reaction
  • Reading
  • Hand-eye coordination

Kids also pick up life skills by learning how to cook.

In some ways, most kids are physical learners too. They like to touch and immerse in activities to learn new ideas and concepts. Some children may adopt other learning styles as time goes by but kinesthetic learners maintain their strong preference. Tune to children learning styles help them to reduce frustration and learn effectively.

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