Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence

Bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is the ability to use the body to express emotion, play games, or create new products. It is commonly referred to as “learning by doing.” This type of intelligence enables people to manipulate objects and the body.

Those who have high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence are said to be good at body movement, performing actions, and physical control. People who are strong in this area tend to have excellent hand-eye coordination and dexterity.

High bodily-kinesthetic intelligence is common in dancers, athletes, surgeons and artisans.

People with bodily-kinesthetic intelligence:

  • Are skilled at dancing and sports
  • Enjoy creating things with his or her hands
  • Have excellent physical coordination
  • Remember by doing, rather than hearing or seeing

How To Use Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligence In The Classroom

Use the following activities and techniques for students and groups with high bodily-kinesthetic intelligence:

  • Use body sculpture
  • Use of role playing, miming, or charade games
  • Allow for physical exercise, dance, or martial arts
  • Create opportunities for dramatic arts such as skits
  • Use human graphs

To learn at their best, encourage the child to try creating a movement routine or role play to learn a concept or remember information.

 Help a Bodily-Kinesthetic Intelligent Child Make The Right Career Choice

If your child is strong in in bodily-kinesthetic intelligence, good career choices for you are:

  • Dancer
  • Builder
  • Sculptor
  • Actor


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