Kinesthetic Games for Kids

Kinesthetic game

Kinesthetic learners learn best by playing games that allow them to use their whole body rather than passively memorizing information.

Kinesthetic learners prefer to use their whole bodies to learn rather than just their minds. Playing kinesthetic games allows kids to develop skills and build confidence by doing physical activities to reinforce classroom concepts with their bodies. Kinesthetic learners like to touch and feel things, and to move around instead of sitting. They learn best with hands-on activities that let them learn by doing.

Spelling Aerobics

Spelling Aerobics helps kids improve their spelling while also moving their bodies and getting physical exercise. The class spells a word out loud, moving their hands to different positions depending on the shape of the letter. The kids stretch their hands down to their toes for the low-hanging letters that fall below the line when written (g, j, p, q, y); they put their hands on their hips for the letters that are written in the middle of the lines (a, c, e, i, m, n, o, r, s, u, v, w, x, z); they extend their hands over their head for letters written above the line (b, d, f, h, k, l, t).

Follow Your Nose

Family Education says to start by telling the kids to get a notebook and pencil to write down their observations. The students close their eyes and follow the smells in the air with their nose. They record their observations in a notebook after following the smells. This activity promotes memory and writing abilities. It is especially effective on class field trips to places with interesting smells, like a park or a bakery. Assign this game as homework by asking students to follow their noses at their home.

Action Songs

Action songs let students act out the material they are learning while reciting it in song. This activity is especially suitable for younger learners to learn basic material, such as vocabulary words. Action songs require students to act out the words they are singing, which helps reinforce the meaning to kinesthetic learners.

Improvisational Freeze Tag

Kids can practice classroom concepts for any subject by talking about them in improvisational freeze tag. The Improv Encyclopedia suggest that you start the game with two players acting out a scene based on a concept being studied in the class. At any time during the scene, a new player yells “Freeze” and replaces one of the actors to start a new scene. Both players start the new scene by justifying their positions and acting out another concept from the class.