Tactile Learning Strategies for Learners Who Prefer to Begin by Making or Handling Materials

I Can Handle It!

Tactual_1__1.jpgTactile learners remember things better when they can use their fine motor skills to make or handle relevant materials while learning new or difficult work. They generally need to write or type notes while listening. They concentrate best when they can manually manipulate information in concrete formats, and they like to reinforce their understanding using other self-correcting resources. 


Most young people enjoy and benefit from tactile approaches to teaching and learning.

Touchy? Learn Best Through Hands-on Experiences?

People with strong tactile preferences are more confident and successful when they can:

  • Learn by using their small motor skillstactile_learning_1.png
  • Handle and experiment with concrete learning materials
  • Produce their own instructional resources
  • Create their own learning manipulatives to master and reinforce new and difficult information
  • Use tactual materials to demonstrate and explain their understanding to an assessor
  • Receive interactive, demonstrable feedback about their work
Learners with strong tactile preferences will enjoy using or creating the following:

  •  Dunn and Dunn Multi-sensory Instructional Packages
  •  Dunn and Dunn Contract Activity Packages
  •  Dunn and Dunn Programmed Learning Sequences
  •  Task cards
  •  Flip chutes
  •  Pick-a-hole cards
  •  Electroboards
  •  Wrap-arounds
  •  Pegboards
  •  Learning circles
  •  Learning fans
  •  Lift-the-flaps
  •  Tactile Thinking Maps®
  •  Lapboards and large sheets of paper/card
  •  Interactive whiteboards
  •  Mini whiteboards and multi-coloured pens
  •  Magnetic boards and magnetic words/letters/images
  •  Puzzles
  •  Flip cards on split rings
  •  Dice: coloured, numbered, novelty
  •  Mobiles
  •  Models and replicas
  •  Modelling clay or plasticine
  •  Sand trays for spelling and writing
  •  Sculptures
  •  Sliders
  •  Lace-ups
  •  Tracing
  •  Board games
  •  Robotics
  •  Interactive displays and collections
  •  Computer-Assisted Design programs
  •  Cameras and recorder
  •  Computer mouse and keyboard
  •  iPods and iPads
  •  Experiments
  • Textured posters
  • Pens, crayons, highlighters, pencils
  • Tactile journals/diaries
  • Scrapbooks and albums
  • Brochures
  • Koosh ball
  • Tapestries
  • Handcraft/Sewing, e.g. costumes and props
  • Blocks: plain wooden or paper blocks, letter blocks, word blocks


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