As stated by Marzano, Kinesthetic activities involve students representing new content physically. Kinesthetic learning is one of the three types of learning, the other two being auditory and visual. Most young children start out as kinesthetic learners because they constantly want to explore new objects and are fascinated with things they have never seen before thus giving them a passion to learn about it. They have an urge and a need to pick it up, play with it, and discover it. Young children are very easily engaged and that is what the basis of kinesthetic learning is. Moskowitz-Sweet states that by about third grade is when a student's true learning style becomes visible and apparent.

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Kinesthetic learners need to be able to touch things. Just as a visual learner learns best when they can visually see something and auditory learners can remember information just by listening, a kinesthetic learner must be physically engaged in an activity to be able to retain information as well as other learners can. They do not want to see a demonstration, they want to physically try it themselves. It is very important that kinesthetic learners are able to constantly move their bodies, especially at a young age, because that is how they are best able to keep their focus. That is why P.E. is so important; it is a whole period of kinesthetic activities which is crucial to kinesthetic learners.
Science is an excellent subject to easily incorporate kinesthetic activities. Doing labs and hands on experiments are activities that kinesthetic learners are more than likely going to excel greatly in because they are getting to physically experience the lesson therefore giving them the opportunity to acquire the information very quickly.
Kinesthetic activities are also valuable for visual and auditory learners because it opens up a diverse selection of learning styles for them. Students are able to retain so much more information when it is presented to them in a way that grasps their attention and curiosity and kinesthetic activities do just that. In the classroom, having the students create their own wiki would be more of a visual activity, which is also very important, but kinesthetic activities could be incorporated by having the students write a summary of the information they gathered while doing the kinesthetic activity or lesson and posting it onto their wiki page. This also allows for students to be able to read and review everyone else's wiki.

Here is a link to a YouTube video called KinoKids http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8zvuS4JLgW8

Activity Suggestions for the Tactile-Kinesthetic Learner
Kinesthetic Activities
Tactile Activities
Surveys
Modelling
Demonstrations
Scrapbooks
Dance
Colouring books
Products
Artistic creations
Body games
Dioramas
Rocking and reading
Needlework
Make a video show
Posters
Field trips
Task cards
Dress as characters
Electroboards
Role-play/interviews
Blackboard/whiteboard activities
Charades
Sandpaper/felt letters
Pantomimes
Games
Plays
Calculators
Projects
Puzzles
Walking and reading
Collections
Puppet shows
Workbooks
Musical performances
Sculptures/Collages
Science labs
Mobiles
Cut-and-paste tasks
Displays


References

Marzano Research Laboratory
http://www.marzanoresearch.com/research/researched_strategies.aspx
2009

What it Means to be a Kinesthetic Learner
http://www.education.com/magazine/article/Ed_Keep_Your_Eye_Ball/
2010

Visual, Auditory, Kinesthetic Learners
http://school.familyeducation.com/intelligence/teaching-methods/38519.html
Terry Farwell, 2010

KinoKids
http://www.youtube.com/watch?V=8zvuS4JLgW8
2009

Learning Styles:Tactile
http://www.pesdirect.com/lsitactile.html
2006