I have been able to touch type for a couple of years now, probably since my years at university. My son has always wondered how I do it, and I have until now struggled with how to show him. Kidztype is the answer.
Touch typing is so important these days with almost all professions requiring to use a computer on a daily basis.
Kidztype is a really fun way for kids to learn how to type through playing games.
Dance mat typing from Kidztype is completely free to use, with no registration required.
Carry on reading for even more information on why you should try Kidztype.
If you are looking for a homeschool typing curriculum I highly recommend Typesy.
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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 my son loves playing on the laptop. I am not a huge fan of screen time, and certainly never in the homeschool day. So when I tell my son he can play typing games at school he is delighted.
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 type.
Typing Games for Children
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 advanced 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 Games
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.
Touch Typing Games for Kids
Typing Test for Kids
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, 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 practicing with the free typing games in a couple of years he will be amazing at touch typing.
We absolutely love Kidzytpe, and not only for the 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 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.
Make sure you bookmark Kidztype here you won’t regret it.
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Last Updated on 25 August 2022 by homeschoolof1