All kids are different in the way they process and remember information. Some are visual, and some learn best with audio. Other children need movement and tactile experiences to learn best. These are known as kinesthetic learners, and a vast number of kids can benefit from incorporating activity and motion into their learning. There are so many fun and simple ways to keep kids active as they study and learn — in all subject areas!
Math: The use of manipulatives is very beneficial for kids in math. Students can add and subtract by physically moving items, which will help them process what they are learning. Fractions are easily learned by cooking and dividing ingredients and completed foods. Measuring is reinforced with craft projects, building or other activities that require a ruler. Conquer word problems by having kids get up and act out the scenario!
Reading and Language: Kids can act out or draw scenes from a story as it’s being read. Puppet shows allow students to create original stories of their own, emphasizing plot, characters, climax, conclusion and more — all by doing and moving rather than writing on paper! Kids can use letter magnets or tiles to spell words. The combination of moving the letters and seeing their colors will help them stick in their minds.
Social studies: Maps and globes are great tools to help kids learn geography in a more concrete way. History becomes meaningful when students act out scenes from the past and ways that historical events affect them personally.
Science: Hands-on experiences and demonstrations are the best way to learn science! Kids will remember the outcome of a fizzy lab experiment far longer than they would reading a textbook blurb about the same reaction. Get students up to act out molecule or astronomical movement rather than reading words about it.
Not every kid needs kinesthetic activities to learn every concept, but there’s no denying that experiences like these, as well as many others, are great catalysts to truly meaningful, lasting learning!