In our digital day and age, learning to type is a critical skill to learn. In some cases, and maybe especially during this time of distance learning, typing skills may be used more frequently than handwriting! To help your children learn to type, consider the benefits of these free and fun online typing games and typing lessons for kids at KidzType and Type Dojo.
Note: I was compensated for my time writing this review. All opinions offered are my own, and I was not required to write a positive review.
Typing Learning for Kids
My mother went back to school when I was a child in the early 1990s, and she spent her graduate school years typing with one finger. I do not want my children disadvantaged in not knowing how to type. So how does one learn to type? Type Dojo is an ideal place for online touch typing lessons.
With a distraction-free and straight-forward interface, Type Dojo teaches incrementally. There are small ads on the site, but the typing lessons themselves are clean, perfect for kids that need to just focus on learning the lessons or practicing. When children become more proficient, there is even a typing test for kids to see how fast they can type. The typing test allows you to select your child’s grade and choose from a list of words to also improve your spelling. It’s a win-win!
Kids Typing Games
Other kids may need a bit of prompting to become interested in typing practice. With Kidztype Dance Mat Typing lesson, children see images of where the fingers should be on the keyboard, and they type with a mythological character on the screen (called the “dance mat”) to encourage them.
Kidztype also provides numerous free typing games to encourage frequent practice. Some allow the user to choose which parts of the keyboard to practice. So, it was great that my 8-year-old daughter could practice just the home row while she played.
My daughter especially loved the “swimming race” typing game, since she was unable to join her own swim team this summer due to COVID. She was delighted when she won the swimming race with her fast typing. Here’s a video of part of her race. (I didn’t catch the race where she won on the video, unfortunately!)
If you are looking for a free typing program for your homeschooler, these two options, Type Dojo and KidzType, may be good choices!