Aug 012013

Tactile Learning & Teaching Strategies for Tactile Learners

Do you have a tactile learner on your hands? (PUN intended!) ;-)tactile learner
Tactile learning is fun. Tactile learning activities include hands-on activities. The trick to teaching tactile learners is to add some type of 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 (see the picture). A tactile learner loves unearthing his own dinosaur bones! We added this kit to a great visual book about dinosaurs. Add any tactile learning activity to your teaching. Then your tactile learner will remember more of the lesson.

Using hands-on, tactile learning activities helps your child learn when he learns through his sense of touch. Teaching is often just talking or reading. When there is no tactile learning activity, your tactile child won’t have a chance to experience the lesson. Your child has to feel learning with his hands. He needs to touch things and move things to learn well.

To help you with tactile learning activities for teaching, I’ve made a list for you. There are several tactile learning activities listed below which you can add to lessons. Each item is hands-on.

This table of tactile learning activities is not complete. Don’t feel limited to the listed activities. Feel free to add tactile learning activities of your own.

Note:tactile learners usually love kinesthetic learning activities too. You may want to check out the list of kinesthetic activities too.  You can mix the tactile learning and kinesthetic learning lists for more learning fun.

Jot down the tactile learning ideas you like best. Feel free to come up with your own ideas too. Build a list of tactile learning activities your child likes too. That will make teaching easier for you over time. You’ll have a ready list of teaching activities at your finger tips. You may want to bookmark this page as a ready reference for tactile learning activities too!

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

Hands-On, Tactile Learning Activities for Teaching Your Tactile Learner

Drawingtactile learning 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 tactile learning idea.

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

Teaching using tactile learning 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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