This page is an extension of our Multisensory Store.
Research shows that students learn best when multiple senses are involved and when they can create or recreate the concept in order to to understand it. “If I can do it myself, I understand it.”
I am passionate about hands-on activities because I have personally seen as a tutor, educator, and parent, how they engage learners and help them retain concepts, while keeping learning fun; a positive for children (and adults)! Below are some of my favorite hands-on activities for enhancing basic reading skills (and basic spelling).
It is easy to turn recreating words and filling in missing letters into a fun game. Take turns. Do something fun after each word or after a few words, like dance, sing a song, play tag, or toss a ball! Pick something your child or student likes.
Some more ideas for using hands-on reading tools:
Try hidings different parts of a word around the room (or work space). Have your student find the letters and use them to create the word. Put letters on the floor and have your child jump to the letter that makes the given sound, or jump in order to spell a word .
You May Also Like: 10 Fun Research-Based Ways to Teach Your Child Letter Sounds.
Kids often love the interactive nature and game element that can easily be incorporated with the use of hands-on tools. Have you tried any of the activities or games mentioned or displayed in this post? Let us know which ones and how you liked them.
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More Fun Hands-On Basic Reading Tools:
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- Multisensory Store (hands-on materials for all major subjects, sensory/fidget items, speech/language and fine motor tools, and more)
Rachel Wise is the author and founder of Education and Behavior. Rachel created Education and Behavior in 2014 for adults to have an easy way to access research-based information to support children in the areas of learning, behavior, and social-emotional development. As a survivor of abuse, neglect, and bullying, Rachel slipped through the cracks of her school and community. Education and Behavior hopes to play a role in preventing that from happening to other children. Rachel is also the author of Building Confidence and Improving Behavior in Children: A Guide for Parents and Teachers.
“Children do best when there is consistency within and across settings (i.e., home, school, community). Education and Behavior allows us to maintain that consistency.”