kinesthetic learning

3 Best Activities For Kinesthetic Classrooms

Conduct the perfect kinesthetic classroom with these 3 classroom activities.

Previously, we have covered the problems faced by teachers in conducting an active classroom and the solutions to them. With the introduction of the NEP 2020 and art integration in the curriculum, active classrooms will soon become a part of the norm. Having said this, there is a lot of grey area when it comes to the actual conduct and practices of a movement-based classroom. In simpler words, the concept of something like mathematics being taught through movement is very implausible for many.  This is exactly what we are going to be addressing in this article.

In this article, we will be sharing 2 classroom games and one kinesthetic movement word bank. Using solely these three resources, a teacher will successfully be able to create an active classroom environment for young students.

  1.  ‘True Or False’

          This is an in-class activity that can be used to teach virtually any concept. It is an interactive game and can be used to teach almost all basic concepts to young students.

  • Requirements- Flashcards depicting a picture of what is to be taught.

The flow is as follows

  • The teacher will assemble the students in a circle and they will all be seated.
  • Then the teacher will hold up a card or a picture depicting whatever they would want to teach.
  • If what is depicted in the picture is right, the students will do a locomotor or non-locomotor movement (see table 1.1 below) decided by the teacher. Conversely, if it is wrong, they will remain to be seated.

For example:  If the topic of fruits is being taught, the teacher can hold up a picture of an orange and say, ‘This is an orange.’ Since it’s true, the students will spot Jog 5 times, if it was a false statement, they would have to sit still.

  • Use a different locomotor & non-locomotor movement every time you play this game to make it fun and engaging.

2. Spin The Bottle!

This activity can be used to teach numbers to young students in a fun and effective manner.

  • Requirements- A bottle, A dice or a large dice prop or dice style pillow (recommended).

The flow is as follows-

  • The students will again be assembled in a circle, on the floor.
  • There will be a bottle that has to be spun in the centre of the circle.
  • Whoever the bottle points at once spun, will spin a dice or a dice style prop.
  • The number the dice lands on will be said loudly by everyone after which the teacher will instruct all the students to do any of the locomotor or non-locomotor movements given below the same number of times as the dice. You can go further by teaching addition by rolling the dice twice and performing movements by adding both nos.
  • Use a different locomotor & non-locomotor movement every time you play this game to make it fun and engaging.

3. Locomotor And Non-Locomotor Movement Bank For Teachers

Locomotor movements (Performed moving in space)Jog, Stroll, Tiptoe, Skip, Crawl, March, Gallop, Drive, Zigzag.
Non- locomotor movements (performed at one spot ) Wave, Bend, Stretch, Twist, Freeze, Rub, Rise, Flap, Turn, Clap.
      Table 1.1

  Most of the time teachers use common actions like clap, tap or raise your hands which leads to monotony and disinterest amongst students. The table above has simple and unconventional actions that are interchangeable for activities, attention grabbers, at the start of a class or can even be short brain breaks in between classes.

To make the class fun and interesting, you can

  1. Vary the speed – Perform the action at slow, medium, fast speeds.
  2. Vary the counts- Each time you can ask students how many times do they wish to do a movement and you all can count it aloud together and perform the action.
  3. Combine any 3 to 4 action – eg Jog- Wave- Twist. Do these 3 actions one by one multiple times while varying the speed and counts.
  4. Let’s students choose the action they want to do.
  5. Change the action every time you choose to play the game.

By following these strategies and implementing these steps you as a teacher can take your students’ learning to the next level. When a concept is taught and reinforced with movement, it goes a long way in ensuring maximum retention of that concept. This is because movement and learning are two sides of the same coin. When a child is moving, a higher percentage of oxygen goes to the brain, which promotes high levels of mental activity. In moving, both the right and left hemispheres of the brain and the corpus callosum are highly engaged. This leads to higher attention, engagement and retention. This is exactly why teaching with movement is proving to be far more effective than the conventional methods.

So to all the teachers out there, try this out & if you think we have missed something, let us know in the comments below!

By swarapatel

Program Director at Agile Kids.
Co-Founder Rhythmus HappyFeet, Bombay Ballet Company, Bloomville Early Learning Centre.
Head of Orchids International Schools Performing Art Division from 2017 - 19 with 35 schools under her purview.
MBA, Dance educationalist, Member of the International Dance Council, Dance Therapist certified BY CDI France and CMTAI, Kinesthetic Teaching Expert & a performing artist.
Trained at Danceworx in Jazz and Ballet.
Was an official contestant in DID super mom (A reality dance show on ZeeTV)

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