16 kids' typing games
If you want to get your children excited about improving their typing skills, introduce them to some fun kids' typing games. There are many kids' typing games online that can help strengthen keyboarding skills and improve typing speed and accuracy. With a variety of different characters and scenarios, you're bound to find one that will interest your child.
Typing the right way
From the start, it's smart to help your kids learn to use correct form, whether they're playing games or tapping out homework, because it's easy to pick up bad keyboarding habits.
"These bad habits — for example, typing with two fingers, looking down at the keyboard, not using the Home Row — are very hard to break and end up significantly stunting the typist's potential for speed and accuracy," says Austin Butler, the founder of Teaching.com and Typing.com.
You also want to help your kids avoid the problems that plague grownups who spend hours on the computer.
"Repetitive stress injuries can also be seen in children who are just learning these new skills, activities and postures," according to Oregon-based chiropractor Dr. Timothy Stecher.
What can you do? Stecher says to start by using furniture appropriate for the child's size.
"Also, using a laptop on the floor or bed is pain in the making," he says.
Knowing that today's children will likely be using typing skills throughout their lives, you may want to get them started with online typing tutors to make sure they don't develop bad habits. One thing the experts agree on: If your child is going to be on the computer for more than a few minutes, he says a laptop should be used at a desk and ideally with an ergonomic external keyboard and mouse. With that in mind, here are 16 different, fun and free kids' typing games to try.
The goal in this game is to help get the monkey all the way up to the moon by typing the correct letter as it appears on the screen.
Make the ghosts vanish in this game by typing the characters on them. If they get too close, you lose.
You get three minutes in this game to type the letters on the rockets and score by having more hits than misses.
4. Trash Typer
Type the words to stop the trash from reaching the ocean floor in this ecologically themed typing game for kids.
5. Fire Typer
Be a firefighter by just typing with this game. Type the words on the fire before they burn down the building.
6. Typing Band
Type the letter floating up the screen as it hits the speaker in order to keep the music playing in this game.
Hit the letters as they appear on screen in this game. Scoring depends on keys hit per second and gets tougher with each level.
8. Cup Stacking
Stack and unstack the cups by typing the characters on them. One goal of this game is to teach kids to type quickly.
9. Key Tower
Go retro with this typing game styled a bit like the vintage Tetris arcade game.
10. Dance Mat Typing
This four-level typing game starts by teaching the home row keys and then builds on previous lessons.
Type the letters in this game as they fly out of the cannon to shoot them down before they invade the atmosphere!
12. Sky Chase
This is a multiplayer racing game that allows kids around the globe to race and practice keyboard skills.
13. Nitro Type
Improve typing skills while competing in fast-paced real-time races worldwide in this game.
Save the world from invading "spellerz" by typing the words that flash on the screen. Your kids will never get bored with this game, as there are 11 different word lists available.
15. Zombie Defender
Zombies are taking over! Help save humanity playing this typing game with three levels and five word lists.
16. Owl Planes
This is a multiplayer racing game where kids compete to type long words quickly and accurately.
"Typing games are a fantastic way to engage a student's attention," Butler says.
However, because games don't always teach basic techniques, you might want to start with more structured lessons before adding games.
“Or leave them as a reward once the student has learned proper initial typing techniques,” Butler says.
Despite all our technological advances, typing will likely be around for several more decades — all the more reason to teach our kids the right way to type.
"Like any skill, a strong foundation supports confidence and further growth,” Butler says.
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