How To Detect If Your Child Is A Kinesthetic Learner [and What to Do If So]

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Table Talk Conversation: Would you consider yourself an auditory, visual or kinesthetic learner? Your Family’s Table Talk “Talking Points” are in the Conclusion below.

Every one has a different learning style.

There’s no right or wrong style.

The key, though, is to help your child identify how they learn, so they perform best.

The three primary learning styles are:

  1. Visual Learner
  2. Auditory Learner
  3. Kinesthetic Learner

Auditory learners learn best by listening. They prefer to learn by hearing what the teacher shares and speaking about it.

A visual learner is one who learns best by seeing. Graphics of what is being taught resonate well with visual learners. They do not learn well by lectures as it’s hard to comprehend and pay attention. They tend to learn best by reading a story or seeing something written on the chalkboard.


A large percentage of the population learns best visually (roughly 60% according to different studies).

Roughly 30% of students learn best via auditory learning, which is actually the largest way classrooms are taught.


What is a Kinesthetic Learner

This brings us to Kinesthetic learners, which make up 5%-10% of the population.

Kinesthetic learners make up the smallest style of learning.

These are the ones who tend to be antsy in class and, if the teacher is talking a lot without interaction or visuals, will begin to daydream.

Sitting through an entire class that is a lecture format isn’t very easy for children who learn this way.

Kinesthetic learners learn best by using all the senses, particularly touch, to learn. If they’re using the body to learn, this type of learner has an excellent memory. In fact, if this type of learner is asked to read, he or she would retain the information better if they’re able to walk versus sitting still.

Some famous kinesthetic learners are Michael Jordan and Jim Carrey,

Do you see where this might become a problem when in school for a student?

How To Detect If Your Child Is A Kinesthetic Learner

Kinesthetic learners are most successful at absorbing and retaining information when they’re “doing.” So learning activities like science labs, drama presentations, field trips, dancing or sports come more naturally to them than other kids.
Here are four indicators that your child is a kinesthetic learner:

Needs to Move

If your child is constantly swinging legs, bouncing and seemly unable to sit still at all, he or she may be a kinesthetic learner. This type of learner learns from their sense of touch or moving their body. They may also use lots of gestures, “speaking with their hands.” He or she may clap while counting or count on fingers.

Excellent “Physical” Memory

A child who is a Kinesthetic Learner can not only learn but retain information permanently if they “do” as they are learning. (Think: science lab.)

Talented Athlete

This child is typically gifted at physical activities like running, swimming and other sports.

Highly Coordinated

They typically have great hand-eye coordination and are able to react quickly (which, again, makes them great at sports). They usually have a strong sense of balance as well.

If your child is a Kinesthetic learner, you may have even noticed some of these behaviors as a baby or toddler, as they’re often early to crawl and walk.

Kinesthetic Learner Tips for Parents

Kinesthetic learners learn best by:

  • Moving versus sitting still
  • Role-playing (conversation is key)
  • Using their creative brain through drawing, writing
  • Field Trips or Projects
  • Performing via sports, dance or play
  • Games

Maker Learning programs can be a great solution for Kinesthetic learners, as its hands-on, creative, and design-centered learning. Fortunately for this type of learner, Maker education is becoming increasingly popular within schools.

Conclusion: Is My Child A Kinesthetic Learner

The big takeaway is that we need to help our kids develop a lifelong love for learning, and we do this by putting them in environments where they can be most successful. Too often, kids who are Kinesthetic learners are tagged with labels like ADD or ADHD, when that isn’t the problem at all.

By identifying your child’s learning style, you can make the changes necessary to set him or her up for lifelong success.

If you found the discussion and talking points interesting, then we would like to invite you to take a look at our Table Talk. Conversations have been proven to help kids perform better academically, reduce the likelihood they will engage in risky behavior, and strengthen the relationship between teens and parents. Click here to learn more (it’s free).



About The Author

Michael Kawula

I’m a husband and father of 3 amazing children. For the last 20-Years I’ve been a serial entrepreneur. My goal is to help parents empower all our children to achieve their inner greatness.I’m an author, Inc. 500 featured Company, have been interviewed by Anthony Robbins, CNN and featured in over 100 publications over the last few years.