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 [e.g., jump to the c, jump to the a, jump to the t (cat)].
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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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Rachel Wise is a certified school psychologist and licensed behavior specialist with a Master’s Degree in Education. She is also the head author and CEO at educationandbehavior.com, a site for parents, caregivers, educators, counselors, and therapists to find effective, research-based strategies that work for children. Rachel has been working with individuals with academic and behavioral needs for over 20 years and has a passion for making a positive difference in the lives of children and the adults who support them. For Rachel’s top behavioral strategies all in one place, check out her book, Building Confidence and Improving Behavior in Children, a Guide for Parents and Teachers. If you want Rachel to write for your business, offer behavioral or academic consultation, or speak at your facility about research-based strategies that support children, email her at email@example.com.