3 Ways to Make Learning Fun for the Kinesthetic Learner

Learning is not restricted to the classroom, and should not be, because learning can happen anytime and anywhere.

Whether you are an educator or a parent, we can agree that it can be a challenge to engage children in learning. If your kid or student is a kinesthetic learner keen on experiencing things with their hands and body, how then can we make learning fun for them?

Definition: A kinesthetic-tactile learning style requires that you manipulate or touch material to learn.  Kinesthetic-tactile techniques are used in combination with visual and/or auditory study techniques, producing multi-sensory learning.

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Kinesthetic learners need to be allowed to move. If our conventional methods aren’t working, perhaps we have to think about how we may be the ones who have a restricted and limited view of education.

Here are 3 ideas to make learning fun for the kinesthetic learner in your home or classroom.

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1. Play Games

It isn’t possible to turn every lesson into a game, but incorporating games into the lesson is a sure way to inject fun and increase engagement. Games do not have to be complicated or require fancy props.

Create a review game by borrowing concepts from simple card games or popular game shows. Search the Internet for relevant educational games or mobile apps. When used appropriately, these digital tools help to improve children’s interest in a subject. Traditional board games can also be brought in and adapted to reinforce certain concepts.

2. Take Learning Outside

If a particular lesson is better conducted outside, then plan for an outdoor classroom. We retain information more effectively when two or more senses are simultaneously engaged. So, take your lesson outdoors, which is fun not just for the kinesthetic learner but almost everyone!

This can be in the form of an organised field trip or an impromptu 10-minute walk around the neighbourhood. Under your patient guidance, students can quickly connect the concepts they learnt inside the classroom to the real world. This brings us to our third and last point.

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3. Make Lessons Concrete

Students are sometimes introduced to abstract concepts that seem completely irrelevant to their lives. Instead of painstakingly explaining how the concepts are used in the real world, give them the opportunity to explore how these concepts are applicable in everyday life using experiments, role-play, and video-making.

Develop lessons and activities that will get students to move and use their hands. This will definitely benefit the not just the kinesthetic learner, but also the active ones in your class. Include activities like art and craft projects, mock court trials, and scrapbooking to make learning fun.

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