Aug 012013

Do you have a tactile learner on your hands?

(PUN intended!) ;-)tactile learner
For a tactile learner, learning is fun when it includes a hands-on activity. The trick is to add some hands-on activity to each lesson you teach.

If your child is a tactile learner, then your best teaching tools are hands-on learning kits. The great news: there are a lot of educational kits and hands-on activities you can use.

One example is the paleontologist kit we used in the picture to the right. A tactile learner loves unearthing his own dinosaur bones! We added this kit to a great visual book about dinosaurs. Add any hands-on activity, and your tactile learner will remember more of the lesson.

Using hands-on activities helps your child learn because a tactile learner learns through his sense of touch. When learning is just talking or reading, your tactile learner doesn’t have a chance to experience the lesson. He has to feel it with his hands, touch it, and move it, to learn well.

To help you with activities for your tactile learner, I’ve made a list. There are several activities listed below you can add to lessons. Each item is hands-on, and it will help you teach your tactile learner better.

This table of tactile learner activities is not complete. So, don’t feel limited to the listed activities. Any activity you can think of which is hands-on is a great activity for your tactile learner.

Note: A tactile learner usually loves kinesthetic learning activities too. You may want to check out the list of kinesthetic activities too.  You can mix the two lists for more learning fun.

Pick any tactile activity from the list. Add it to your lesson for your tactile learner. Jot down the ideas you like best, or come up with your own ideas. If you build a list of activities your child likes, it will make teaching easier for you over time. You’ll have a ready list of teaching activities at your finger tips.

Use the table below to start your own list of ideas for your tactile learner. Anything that comes to your mind is worth writing down!

Hands-On Activities for Teaching Your Tactile Learner

Drawing Modeling Clay or Playdoh
Felt Story Boards Painting or Finger Painting
Finger writing on any textured surface. Examples: velvet, textured cloth, sandpaper, sand table, rice table, in a pan with oil or liquid soap, etc. Foot writing on any other textured surface. For example: use bare feet to trace or write information on carpet, grass, sand, etc.
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

You may also want to buy “Winning Science Fair Projectsscience projects for a tactile learner” books and for great project ideas. (I’ll tell you, building a potato cannon is GREAT fun for a tactile learner!)

You can have your child measure, draw, build, make things, etc. Anything your child can do with his hands is a great idea.

Create a list of activities for teaching your tactile learner to make a multi-sensory lesson. Pick one activity for each learning style (VAKT: Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic, Tactile) for multi-sensory teaching. However, if you know your child is a tactile learner, teach using tactile learning activities most of the time.

Teaching using these hands-on activities may be all you need to get your tactile learner learning!  If you need other ideas for your tactile learner, teaching kids with a tactile learning style, may be helpful to you too.

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