Tactile Learning Style Definition:
A tactile learning style is a hands-on learning style. The Tactile Learning Style uses the sense of touch and fine motor movement. A tactile learning style relies on using the hands for learning.
Some people think a tactile learning style involves a lot of movement. Large body movements are used mostly for teaching kids with a kinesthetic learning style. Kinesthetic learning activities can be used for teaching kids with a tactile learning style too. However, hands on activities are better for tactile learners.
If you are just looking for a list of tactile activities, you may want to click on this link to jump to that information.
Does Your Child Have a Tactile Learning Style?
Kids with tactile learning styles often have “fiddle fingers.” If your child taps his fingers, plays around with things, pushes buttons, and explores everything with his hands, there is a good chance your child has tactile learning style.
Kids with a tactile learning style keep their hands busy! They fiddle with and explore objects with their hands. They examine and evaluate traits of objects with their hands.
When in a store, kids with a tactile learning style may touch and explore everything they can get their hands on. Kids with a tactile learning style are simply trying to ‘understand’ the characteristics of the things they touch. If your child has a tactile learning style, he may not be able to “keep his hands to himself.”
Kids with a tactile learning style often choose things based upon how they feel. For example, if your child has a tactile learning style, he may prefer a pen over a pencil because of how writing “feels” when using a pen. Tactile kids especially love gel pens!
A child with a tactile learning style can prefer certain textures of fabrics, objects, paper, etc. You can tune into your child’s use of his hands for touching to see if he may have a tactile learning style.
How do you teach a child with a tactile learning style?
If your child has a tactile learning style, you can use this style for teaching! There are a lot of great, project-based, hands-on kits out there. Project-based learning kits are great for children with a tactile learning style.
Using hands-on programs is both fun and engaging for kids. This is especially true when your child has a tactile learning style.
Tactile learners enjoy using different materials. They love using 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 child with a tactile learning style takes in information through the sense of touch, using textured materials also helps learning. Use textures from raised-line papers, really smooth papers, gel pens, etc. when teaching. Textures help learning if the texture is not icky to your child.
If your child has a tactile learning style, the above-mentioned project-oriented, hands-on way of teaching is most likely to appeal to your child. Give it a try to see if your child’s interest in learning perks up!
Later in this tutorial, I provide a list of tactile learning activities you can use if your child has a tactile learning style. If you go through this whole tutorial, you’ll better understand how to teach your child. However, 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, please do!
If you’d like to learn more about teaching your child, use the “forward” button to move forward. This course will teach you more about multi-sensory teaching.