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What is kinaesthetic learning and why is it beneficial for children?

Every person learns differently, and through different techniques.

When studying, some choose to read the information a million times while others would listen to a podcast or assist to conferences. There are a lot of ways to achieve knowledge and not every person has the same needs.

The same applies for the younger ones. Some students prefer to write it down while others prefer to listen to the explanation or discuss it with a friend.

Does your kid have lots of energy? Are they unable to sit still? Have you noticed is it easier for them to retain information when they walk around or discuss it with you?

They might be kinaesthetic learners!


What is kinaesthetic learning?

It is just another way of learning based on physical activity.

A lot of times, kids are forced to learn while they are sat down, in silence and taking notes.

But this doesn’t work for every kid. Some learners can process information best when they are actively engaged with it.


Some Kinaesthetic learning strategies.

  • Combine your study session with exercise


Encourage kids to learn while they stay active. This could mean taking frequent breaks during the study session to perform physical tasks or asking them to stand up to reply to a question in class. The possibilities are endless!

  • Just let them move


They will learn quicker and more efficiently if you don’t push them to sit still. Some kids need to release that energy to be able to concentrate in a task.

  • Break up the sessions into smaller chunks


A lot of kids can sit still for an hour while focusing on a task. Others don’t. And that’s fine!

It’s important to support every type of learner and personality.


Taking short but regular breaks during a quieter seated activity and changing locations in the class can not only help kinaesthetic learners but also boost the attention of the other children!

  • Incorporate the sense of touch into learning

Provide your child with some touching activities they can do while they learn in class. A stress ball can be a great tool that allows them to fiddle while focusing on their tasks.


Kinaesthetic learning here at PTC sports

We base our sessions on ‘kinaesthetic learning’ to keep children physically active and adapt all our sessions rather than be selective.

PTC coaches can plan imaginative skill-development and team building sessions, designed to meet the needs of every kid.