Aug 012013

Tactile Learner : Hands-On Activities for Tactile Learning

tactile learnerDo you have a tactile learner on your hands? Great hands-on learning activities will help your child learn. There are several activities listed below to help you teach your tactile learner.

Note: Activities for tactile learners often work well for children with a Kinesthetic learning style or bodily kinesthetic intelligence. Similarly, kids with a tactile learning style often love kinesthetic learning activities. Therefore, you may want to check out the list of kinesthetic activities too.

When you are teaching a new topic, select tactile activities from the list below to teach your tactile learner. Jot down the ideas you like best or come up with your own ideas and build a list for your own reference.

This table of activities is not comprehensive, so don’t feel limited by these activities. Any learning you have your child do with his hands is tactile learning. It can be measuring, drawing, building, feeling, making something, etc. Use the table below to jumpstart your own list of ideas. Anything that comes to mind is worth writing down!

Hands-On Activities for Teaching A Tactile Learner

Drawing Modeling Clay or Playdoh
Felt Story Boards Painting or Finger Painting
Finger writing on velvet, textured cloth, sandpaper, sand table, rice table, in a pan with vaseline, pan with oil, or pan with liquid soap, or any other textured surface Foot writing – with bare feet, trace / write information on carpet, grass, sand, or other textured surface
Writing on Raised-line Papers or slick, thick paper (it has a different feel than traditional notebook paper). Using smooth-rolling gel pens
Art Materials Building Projects
Learning Games Project Kits
Lap Books Sorting
Making Dioramas Hands-on Experiments
Making Models Writing
Manipulatives (magnetic letters, letter tiles, abacus, blocks, etc.) Creative Cutting of shapes or images with scissors

If your child has a tactile learning style, the earlier section which talks about teaching kids with a tactile learning style may be helpful to you.

When you have made a list of learning activities, you will have created a multisensory lesson plan for your child. Picking one activity for each learning style (VAKT: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile) is multisensory teaching.

If you have a tactile learner, teaching with tactile learning activities may be all you need!

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