Hands-on learning is an important part of any student’s educational experience. They are those moments when students truly get to learn by doing, and they are crucial, even at the kindergarten level.
Through hands-on learning, kindergarten students can develop new skills, make memories, and make connections. Even better, the nature of hands-on learning lends itself to better learning outcomes, such as student engagement and problem solving. Furthermore, including hands-on experiences in your classroom can have many benefits for your students–many that will last long after kindergarten is over.
Hands-On Experiences Are More Engaging
It is no question that hands-on learning experiences are more engaging than traditional learning experiences. They give students a chance to learn through completing a task. Kindergarteners can take in the sound, touch, smell, sight, and sometimes even taste of what they are learning about. Engaging the senses helps them to make even more connections than what they might make by reading a book alone.
All of those connections formed during the hands-on experiences help them to commit their new learning to memory. Take a look at these hands-on sight word activities.
Students Commit the Learning to Memory
Have you ever thought back to your early school memories? Most people probably don’t remember much from their time in kindergarten, but if they do, chances are that they remember hands-on experiences. Activities like counting the seeds of a pumpkin, completing science experiments or STEM challenges, and writing letters in shaving cream on a desk just seem to stick better in our brains.
The same goes for our kindergarten students today. They are more likely to commit hands-on experiences to memory than they are any activities they complete with a pencil and paper. If we want our students to remember what we are teaching, we can use this benefit of hands-on learning in our favor.
Opportunities for Collaboration and Conversation
Hands-on experiences also lend themselves to collaboration. Within hands-on learning tasks, students can be paired up or be in groups. It will help kindergarten students build the foundation of teamwork skills that they can use throughout their school years.
We hope you have a few new ideas on how to create hands-on activities and understand why they are so important. At home or at school, we can easily throw together with a few resources. They can lead to hours of learning fun.