Kinesthetic Learners learn to read and write by doing! I could always identify my kinesthetic Learners in line easily because they are the students who hold their hand out and touch the wall as they walk down the hallway. For these students in particular, we would air-write our spelling words (think jet-puff clouds). Pretty much all students enjoy using shaving cream on their desks to write math facts. Tactile Learners especially like this. Glitter writing or sand writing is also good for this, as are the magnetic letters, which can be found at the dollar store.
These are some strategies to keep students engaged so that it is not so much pencil and paper work.