Aug 012013

Teaching children with kinesthetic learning styles?

Is your child a dynamic, on-the-go, active learner? 

Using kinesthetic activities for kids with kinesthetic learning styles will help keep your child engaged in learning.

Finding good kinesthetic activities for teaching children can become a daily challenge. However, there are many ways to teach a child with a kinesthetic learning style.

The chart I’ve included below should give you some great teaching activity ideas for teaching kids with kinesthetic learning styles. This list of activities is worth bookmarking to keep your teaching varied and to make learning interesting for your child(ren).

If you are building a multi-sensory learning plan for your child, add one of these activities to your auditory and visual activities to engage all of your child’s senses in learning. When you’ve chosen your kinesthetic learning styles activities, then move on to the next step to choose tactile learning activities for your child.

Whenever you are teaching a new topic, use one or more of the kinesthetic activities listed below. You can also come up with your own kinesthetic learning styles ideas!

Kinesthetic Learning Styles based Activities:

Air Writing 197 Kinesthetic Activities to Quickly Improve Reading, Memory, and Learning Rhythmic Clap and Tap for Spelling & memorization
Build Models
Catch Ball Drills – Play catch while reviewing facts Interpretive Dance Role Playing
Cooking or building for measurement studies Jump Rope Recitation – Memorization while jumping Scavenger Hunts
Field Trips Large Arm writing on whiteboard or chalkboard Science Experiments
Frequent activity breaks / Brain Gym Letter Tiles Walk while listening to Audio Books
Hands-on Experiments Make your own “Walk and Talk” tapes for memorization Walking Review – Walking while listening or reciting
Hands-On Museum Visits Nature Hikes Plays, Drama, or Skits
Jump on a mini trampoline while memorizing Have child set up a “Shop” to practice math with money, the child is the cashier. Sit on a large exercise ball instead of a desk chair


Note: Many of these Kinesthetic learning styles activities also work well for children who have a Tactile learning style. These kinesthetic learning styles activities are also great for kids identified as having bodily kinesthetic intelligence.

To continue creating a multisensory learning unit, select a Kinesthetic learning activity to use in teaching your child, and add it to your prior auditory and visual learning activities.

If you need to find out more about teaching kids with kinesthetic learning styles, check out the kinesthetic learners page describing this dynamic learning style.

Otherwise, continue forward in this tutorial to learn more about multisensory teaching.. When you’ve chosen the tactile learning activity, you will have written a complete multisensory lesson plan for teaching and reaching your child.

If your child is in public school, you might find the suggestions for persons with kinesthetic learning styles at Utah Valley University helpful to put into your child’s IEP. Doing so will insure your child’s teachers know how to better serve him in a traditional classroom.

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