Welcome to the hands-on learning series by Stef Layton, where she answers questions she’s received about tactile learners. Do you have a hands-on learner? These posts will give you great insight, advice, and practical application tips. Enjoy!
The simple answer is stop using “yucky textures”. If you are teaching a hands-on learner try to incorporate resources a child will want to use in order to help understand a concept.
Plan a little time for those sensitive hands to explore the sticky items before the activity starts. Ask questions, “what does it feel like, what does it smell like to you?” more importantly, “why don’t you like it?”.
If you have carefully introduced the sticky textures and your child is still not thrilled ~ avoid those hands-on projects. YouTube offers many great videos and activities. Watch the experiment rather than participate. I can say for sure I would much rather watch the cow eyeball dissection than do it myself.