Tactile Learning Style Definition:
A kinesthetic and tactile learning style are both movement-based learning styles, however, the Tactile Learning Style involves the sense of touch and fine motor movement. A tactile learning style relies on using the hands, a sense of touch, and fine motor movements. Large, whole-body movements are used for teaching kids with a kinesthetic learning style.
Tactile Learning Styles and Your Child
Kids with tactile learning styles often have “fiddle fingers.” If your child taps his fingers, play around with objects on a table, push buttons, and explores objects with his hands, there is a good chance your child has tactile learning style.
For example, a child with a tactile learning style will often have preferences for specific textures of fabrics, objects, paper, etc. They fiddle with knobs and buttons, explore objects, examining and evaluating traits of objects.
When in a store, kids with a tactile learning style may touch and explore many objects to ‘understand’ the characteristics of the object. If your child has a tactile learning style, he may have a preference for a pen over a pencil or visa versa based upon how writing “feels.”
How do you teach a child with a tactile learning style?
If your child has a tactile learning style, you can use his learning style to your teaching advantage! There are a lot of great, project-based learning activities on the market. Any of these project-based learning kids are great choices for children with a tactile learning style. Using hands-on programs can be both fun and engaging, especially for your child.
Tactile learners enjoy manipulatives, using different media such as finger-paints, art materials, building projects, drawing, blocks or objects for math, hands-on science experiments, lap-booking (making their own books), games, making models, dioramas, etc.
Since a person with a tactile Learning Style takes in information through the sense of touch, using textured materials when teaching (raised-line papers, really smooth papers, gel pens, etc.) also helps learning. That is, textures can help if the feel of the learning object does not have an icky texture to your child.
If your child has a tactile learning style, the above-mentioned project-oriented, hands-on ways of teaching is likely to appeal to your child’s active hands.
Later in this tutorial, I provide a specific list of tactile learning activities you can use if your child has a tactile learning style. I’d recommend going through this whole tutorial to better understand great ways of teaching your child, but if you are short on time and want to jump ahead to the list of tactile learning activities for kids with a tactile learning style, you can do so.