Benefits of Hands-on Learning for Li’l Ones​

March 10th, 2021

Learning and understanding new concepts through books can be a real struggle for kids to absorb. At times it’s important to take their nose out of the books and into the real world. Because the best way to learn is through experience. To learn more about the benefits of hands-on learning and how to incorporate effective learning experiences in your child’s life, keep on reading!   

What makes hands-on learning beneficial in academic learning?

Li’l ones are like sponges ready to absorb as much information as they can about the world. Hands-on learning has proven to be an effective way for kids to grasp what they’re being taught.   

According to a study conducted by Purdue University, 8th graders who built a water purification device tested higher compared to those who were solely taught in the classroom.   

By engaging with the subject matter to solve or create something, kids gain a deeper understanding of what they’re learning. Think of it this way, reading a baking recipe doesn’t automatically mean you know how to bake. You need to do the act of baking to learn. 

Benefits of Hands-on Learning   

A hands-on approach to a kid’s education can be incorporated into nearly any subject matter. From solving math problems, science experiments, physical activity, crafting, to pretend play, there are many lessons kids can learn from active learning.   

To better understand why active learning can further boost learning, some benefits li’l be gained by learning from experience 

Allow Exploration of all Five Senses

Exploring the senses is incredibly important for tiny tots. To learn the concept of the senses, touch, sight, hearing, smell, and taste, you need to allow your li’l ones to experience them. Sensory play is a great and effective way for kids to learn about the different senses. Water play with beads is a fun and educational activity that can encourage kids to play and explore with their hands.   

Engage Multiple Areas of the Brain

Using both left (analyzing and listening processes) and right (visual and spatial processes) hemisphere. Tapping into multiple styles of learning helps your brain form stronger connections.   

For example, instead of reading out Greek mythology stories, why not act out the story with your li’l ones? Use scripts put on costumes, and create a stage. Not only will your kid learn about the subject matter, but they also get to tap into their creative side. Li’l ones can start engaging multiple different areas of their brain early on with a hands-on learning approach.   

It’s More Fun and Engaging

Sitting and listening to your teacher for hours can become a bore. When it comes to teaching kids, it’s important to understand that kids learn best when engaged. To catch their attention, find ways where your kids can actively learn about a specific subject. Instead of sitting on a chair all day, hands-on learning can have them move around as they learn. It’s more fun that way!     

Final Thoughts 

Kids can effectively learn new skills and broaden their knowledge through hands-on learning. Not only does this learning style effectively capture a child’s attention, but it also helps them develop various skills. From critical thinking, problem-solving to creativity, active learning boosts a child’s learning experience, encouraging them to reach for the stars.