5 Free Typing Games for Kids
As computers are used more frequently in classrooms, and as online virtual schools become more prevalent, having a jump start on learning how to type can be a great advantage for kids. While Connections Academy students practice computer skills as they learn the school curriculum, typing games for kids are another easy and fun way to help teach and strengthen their skills. All five of these typing games are free and easily accessible online, so try them out and see which one is your favorite.
Before you being, check out this learn to type infographic showing how to have your child sit at the keyboard with their hands in the right position.
Beginner & Intermediate Typing Games for Your Kids
These typing games for kids are geared toward novice and intermediate typists and focus on single-letter key placement and moving to combining letters to form words. They are excellent not only for teaching typing skills but also for youngsters learning their ABC’s.
In addition to lessons that focus on the fundamentals of learning to type, there are a wide variety of games. KidzType lets you choose from aliens to airplanes to racing to drive the lesson home.
Farm Typing Game
This typing game is ideal for gauging the progress of your child’s typing skills. The game starts with single-letter typing and progresses up to seven-letter words. In the Farm Typing Game, the player advances as he or she types each letter or word correctly. This game has a good incorporation of all the letters and is also an opportunity to learn new words!
Combining challenging drills, fun games, progress tracking, and many levels that go from beginner to more advanced, the TypingClub website offers a complete typing course! Try the free version of TypingClub or upgrade to a premium, ad-free version.
Advanced Typing Games for Kids
Geared toward older kids who have mastered the keyboard and want to increase their typing speed, these games provide unique challenges with a competitive edge.
Mirroring the Fruit Ninja format, Keyboard Ninja is a fast-paced contest of typing to slice the fruit while also paying attention to detail to avoid typing the text that is on a bomb that will end the game.
Typing Wars: Return of the Keyboard
A word of caution to parents: This game will hook you as well! Harnessing the decades-long popularity of Star Wars, this typing game for your kids will keep them entertained for days while improving their skills. Typing Wars has it all and can be used by typists of all levels. Games teach basic typing, and levels can be chosen to emphasize the left or right hand—or even particular fingers on each hand. There are also 10-key games and typing lessons using French, German, or Spanish words.
In Classic Tales mode, the player must type the words as they come forward and tell a story. This is a great tool for students who need to work on reading skills as it teaches the important component of predicting words to come. Your child will want to do these tales over and over so he or she can find out how the story ends!
Whether your child attends a traditional brick-and-mortar school, is homeschooled, or attends an online public school like Connections Academy, learning to type and mastering other keyboard skills will be helpful in academics and in life.