Teaching children through intrapersonal intelligence (multiple intelligence) - Activities, Toys, Materials, Examples

Parentree-editors 2009-05-04 06:41:34

Intrapersonal intelligence is how we understand ourselves and our emotions, moods, desires, being conscious of who we are, what we want to do, how to react, what not to do and more. 

For a child, who is strong in intrapersonal intelligence, here are some ways in which you can provide interesting learning opportunities.

Strengths of children with intrapersonal intelligence

  • They can recognize their own strengths and weaknesses
  • They exhibit confidence and are willing follow their instincts
  • They are self-starters who can work independently
  • They are good at setting and tracking goals
  • They are very good at reflecting and analyzing and therefore need time to achieve this
  • Have strong likes and dislikes
  • Have a great sense of fairness

Activities that children with intrapersonal intelligence will enjoy

  • Keeping records of their activities - scrapbooks, journals, photo albums etc.,
  • Talking about themselves and their feelings
  • Setting their own goals - give them a set of chores and ask them to pick any two that they will do every week, setting timelines for their school projects
  • Yoga and meditation
  • Any hobbies or projects that they can do on their own - flower collection, leaf collection, bird watching etc.,
  • Treasure hunts that are self-directed
  • Analyzing the effects of various events - eg., the impact of current events, what happens to Y when X occurs etc.,
  • Relating everything they learn, to real life
  • Pretending to be something or someone and expressing how it feels

Helping children with intrapersonal intelligence learn

For children with intrapersonal intelligence, opportunities for reflection and analysis, and connecting what they learn to themselves directly are the best pathways to help them learn.

  • Help them understand how everything they learn is related to them
  • Give them time to analyze what they did or what they learnt
  • Ask them to express their opinions and feelings about what they learnt
  • Try giving them choices when they have to learn, as they are good at setting and tracking goals for themselves
  • Help them create their own study plan with intermediate goals they need to achieve
  • Have them frame their thoughts in a journal
  • Give them a sense of personal ownership over all their learning activities - let them make choices within parameters you set
  • Give them a little personal space around their learning process instead of hovering over them
  • Let them analyze their own strengths and weaknesses in each subject and create a learning plan to address their weaknesses while reinforcing their strengths

Toys and materials that you should have for children with intrapersonal intelligence

  • Games that a single player can play - puzzles, spot the differences etc.,
  • Brain teasers, riddles etc.,
  • Notebooks - for writing journals
  • Photo albums - to collect photos
  • Camera/camcorder - to record their visual observations
  • Mathematical puzzles
  • A quiet corner where children can reflect

Examples of how to teach various topics to children with intrapersonal intelligence


  • Connect concepts to real life. Explain how geometry helps create the building they live in - straight lines, rectangles, circles, arcs etc.,
  • Ask them to compare and contrast various ways of solving complex equations - one technique is the brute force technique where different assumptions are tried to solve it, one technique is to break down the equation and try to find patterns etc.,


  • Connect all concepts to real life. For example, explain how chemistry helps discover new medicines or how learning about projectile motion helps them learn about throwing a ball in cricket.
  • When learning about foods, have children create a meal plan that ensures there is the optimal consumption of all the food groups.
  • Assess how various principles of physics impact them in real life - eg., Newton's laws,  planets and how they revolve around the sun
  • Have them put themselves in the shoes of great scientists and think through what they felt when they made their discoveries or postulated their theories


  • Have your child discuss how things would be different for them if they were suddenly moved to a different country
  • Identify various climatic conditions and discuss how they would like or dislike them


  • Analyze various historical events and documents (Constitution, Dandi March, Akbar's marriages etc.,) and how they affected the course of history)
  • Explain how they would react to meeting various historical figures

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