Kinesthetic learning is tactile learning… a learning style which employs hands-on activities rather than relying purely on listening and viewing. Many children are tactile learners and need this hands-on involvement to become engaged in the learning process.
Whether your students are in a homeschool setting, or in a traditional classroom, here are some ideas that can help make learning fun! Every student will enjoy these activities, not just the kinesthetic learners.
Letter and Number Formation
Use Wikki Stix to form letters and numbers, using the Wikki Stix Alphabet Cards and Numbers and Counting Cards. Once the letters and numbers are created, have the students move their fingers over the letters to “feel” the shape. For a fun learning game, have each student identify the letter only by touch…no peeking! Blindfold each child for this game… they will enjoy the tactile feel of Wikki Stix and the fun of the No-peeking activity.
Use Wikki Stix to make borders when handwriting, to keep letters on the line, as well as to indicate where to start and stop on the paper.
For the Sight-Impaired
This tactile activity of touching the shape of the letters is helpful, too, for working with the blind or low-level sighted. In addition to letters, children can feel and learn basic shapes, such as square, circle, rectangle, et. And borders can be particularly helpful, to provide boundaries when coloring.
Fine Motor Skills
Wikki Stix help with find motor issues, serving as a medium for hand and finger strengthening pincer grip, and can be used as a precursor to pointing and for pressing down. They can also help improve grasp and stability by wrapping ½ of a Wikki around the base of a pencil; also a good reminder to hold it “down low”.
Use Wikki Stix to underline or circle parts of a word or a sentence. (Wikki Stix cut easily with scissors to make appropriate lengths).
Show the division of words into syllables, using different colored Wikki Stix to code words: red to divide a prefix from the root; blue to indicate a suffix, etc. Or select a color to underline parts of speech: red for adjectives; blue for verbs; green for nouns, and so on.
Rhyming words are fun to identify with Wikki Stix. Select a color to underline rhyming words that are spelled alike; and use another color to underline rhyming words that sound alike, but are spelled differently.
They are myriad other ways Wikki Stix can be used for hands-on, engaged learning. Please visit our Language Arts page to see these ideas!