Students who excel in “body smarts” process information best through touch and movement. A “body smart” child might seem to be in constant motion—tapping a foot, stretching their arms, or moving their shoulders and neck while reading or typing. These students may favor activities such as team or individual sports, martial arts, playing a musical instrument, or acting and dancing.
Students with strong body smarts often show good fine motor skills and hand-eye coordination, which is evident in activities such as writing by hand, working with clay, and playing catch. They also show good gross motor skills, which involve the large muscle groups that control walking, running, and sitting and standing well. These traits show in a person’s agility, balance, athleticism, and body control.
Even if your child doesn’t gravitate toward hands-on or physical activities, you should still incorporate them into their routine. Learning to use a variety of methods can keep children interested and hone both their physical and mental skills.