I have been able to touch type for a couple of years now, probably since my years at university. Freddie has always wondered how I do it, and I have until now struggled how to show him. Touch typing is so important these days with almost all professions requiring to use a computer on a daily basis.
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I have recently come across a FREE resource where kids can play typing games called Kidztype. It is absolutely brilliant and he loves playing on the laptop. Especially when he doesn’t realise he is actually learning.
Kidztype Dance Mat Typing
The home screen to Kidztype is called dance mat typing. What I absolutely love about this is it shows you what fingers you should be using on the keyboard. For beginners learning how to touch type this is so helpful. There are 4 levels and 12 stages so even good for the more advanced touch typer.
Free Kidztype Games for Kids
There are over 15 different games to play on KidzType, each with different levels. I have to say I have tried these games and they are great fun. What initially struck me was there was a zombie game, a vampire game and a car game. Absolutely perfect for my very boisterous 8-year-old son. The levels are really good in these free typing games for kids. Even I have played at the advance level and I made a few mistakes!
Freddie started at the easiest level and found it hard work, but he absolutely loved it. It is such a great way to learn where all the keys on the keyboard are. TOP TIP: The games listed at the beginning are much easier, so don’t jump into the zombie game (like we did!!) start at the beginning.
The way the above game works is you have to type in the word before they kill the ninja.
Free Typing Lessons with Kidztype
The free typing games were really fun, but these free typing lessons are really helpful for beginners. As you can see they only focus on 3 characters. It is very repetitive which is great for learning.
Easy Way to Learn Touch Typing
Free Typing Test and Certificate
TypeDojo is the sister company of KidzType Within this free typing course you can take a 1 – 5-minute typing test where you will achieve a certificate. Now I think I am fairly quick at typing, but like so many of us these days I clearly rely on auto spell in my work! As my accuracy of 91% isn’t great, but I was fairly pleased with the 56 words per minute. However, it has definitely shown me that I need to practice this!
This is so good for kids, I think Freddie, who is still 8, would struggle at this level, but after practising with the free typing games in a couple of years he will be amazing at touch typing.
Review of KidzType
We absolutely love this, and not only for kids. I have found myself playing with this to improve my speed and accuracy in touch typing. Freddie has really enjoyed playing the free touch typing games.
The only negative for these free typing games for kids would be the number of adverts on the site. But as this is completely free this isn’t a concern. I have already recommended this to a number of homeschool parents.
If you are homeschooling check out some other free or cheap online educational resources to help. If you have a kid that’s into learning how to type, a great gift for them would be a new keyboard, headset, or even a mouse and mousepad. This could help encourage them to learn typing and enjoy the lessons even more. Check out these site for the best mouse pads with wrist support.
Make sure you bookmark Kidztype you won’t regret it.