Touching type is an essential skill, one I really wish I’d been taught when I was younger. It’s highly likely they’ll use computers on a daily basis when they’re older. The aim is to be able to type without looking at the keypad, it saves time and is much less effort. Now there are so many fantastic and actually fun games out there to teach the kids how to type quickly and efficiently. Here are our top ten typing games.
BBC Bitesize Dance Mat Typing
A rock ‘n’ rolling goat with a Liverpudlian accent isn’t who you ever imagined would be teaching your kids to type but Gary the goat is pretty amusing. ‘Got those tapping feet on the ground?’
Typing Swimmer, KidzType
This one lets you dive right in and choose the row of keys you’d like to practise. The swimming races make it a race against the clock, so this game is best for speed once you’ve got the basic finger positions down.
Ninja vs Zombie, KidzType
KidzType offer loads of different characters to help your children learn to touch type, including owls, cats and vampires. Ninja vs Zombie allows you to pick your ability level from easy, medium and hard words or top, middle or bottom typing rows.
Typeroids Mission, KidzType
Working up through levels one to five will help children practice the basic hand and finger positions on the keyboard. Plus they’ll get to zap some aliens in the process!
Great for first helping children to become familiar with where the letters sit on a keyboard, KeyboardBuilder is a fun way to kickstart the keyboard fun.
Learn to type the food-related words or end up cleaning the dishes is the focus of this game. It assumes you already have the basics down and some of the words are quite challenging but it’s a fun and fantastic way to learn new words.
Nessy Fingers Touch Typing
While Nessy Fingers is a paid for typing service, it could prove a worthy investment in the long run. With different island games and trophies to collect, this game can keep the kids entertained for hours, all while mastering the art of touch typing.
More suited to older children and adults, Typing Club ensures you get your finger positions right and don’t fall into bad habits. Watch tutorial videos and then copy out after the lesson. Once you’ve honed your skills, join in the Ninja typing game and practise what you’ve learnt.
Fire Rescue Typer
Put our fires by typing the words beside the building before the fire spreads.
A great one for younger kids who need to get used to using a keyboard. If you put a stroke wrong the monkey is hit on the head with a coconut and falls off his tree, so be careful!
They key is to find a typing character that your children like. Look out for a fun game that they’ll get along with and then you’ll have no trouble tempting them into typing practice.