Living in today’s digital world, it’s pretty important that kids know how to type. But learning to type doesn’t have to be a chore. Here are 10 typing games that will get your child’s tiny fingers moving.
1. Dance Mat Typing
Dance Mat helps kids learn where all the letters are on the keyboard. In the first level, little typists familiarize themselves with the “home row” keys (A, S, D, F, G, H, J, K, L). With the guidance of some animal friends, kids then advance to the second and third levels, where they learn the keys above and below the home row. In the final level, Claudette the Cat shows you how to add the letters X and Z, make capital letters with the “shift” key, and type the apostrophe, slash and period.
This game will also help kids learn the proper positioning of the hands on the keyboard—a good skill to learn young, before they pick up hard-to-break bad habits.
2. Keyboard Climber 2
Oh no! There’s a monkey stuck at the bottom of a cave! In this game, kids can help the monkey by jumping up rock platforms, which they can do by recognizing the letters that pop up on the screen. With each letter kids type correctly, the monkey gets a banana bunch. If they get it wrong, a coconut falls on the monkey’s head and the level must be restarted.
This game is perfect for younger kids new to the alphabet because there’s no timer, allowing the player to move at their own pace.
3. The Typing of the Ghosts
If you have an older kid who’s already pretty good at typing but just wants to get faster, this is the game for him. The objective of The Typing of the Ghosts is to type the words that appear on the screen fast enough so that the ghosts in the background don’t approach you. You’re given five lives in total, but each ghost is capable of taking one away if you aren’t fast enough. Warning: This game might be a bit scary for some kids. Check it out yourself first.
Remember Pac-Man? This typing game borrows its concept. Move Key-Man through the maze to eat all the dots before the colourful ghosts catch him. But instead of using arrow keys to navigate Key-Man, you use the different letters that appear above, below and to the sides of him. The catch is that the letter-navigation keys change every time you make a move.
This retro-gone-educational game is so fun that kids won’t even realize they’re improving their typing while playing it.
5. Alpha Munchies
Alpha Munchies is a game inspired by Atari’s Space Invaders. The point is to shoot the little pixel aliens before they hit the blocks protecting you and your items (in this case, your lunch). But in this version, you need to shoot them by typing the letters that appear above each alien. Alpha Munchies is perfect for elementary-age students learning the alphabet, but it is also great for older kids wanting to speed up their typing (you can pick the difficulty level).
The aim of the game is simple: Pop the balloons before they escape into the atmosphere. To do this, your kiddo must type the letter that appears on the balloon. You’re given five lives, but will lose one for each balloon that escapes. Typing an incorrect letter will also deduct points from your score. This game is ideal for people of all ages (yes, even parents) who are looking to improve their keyboard skills.
7. Typing Ninja
Kid wants to borrow your iPad? Tell her she can play Fruit Ninja on the computer instead. Only, it’s Typing Ninja! In this game, you cut the fruit by typing the letter you see on it. Chop your way through each letter, but be careful not to slice any bombs that come your way or else you lose one of your three lives. There are various modes and difficulty levels.
8. Type Type Revolution
Rejoice, Dance Dance Revolution fans! Here’s a game that will have your little one’s fingers dancing and learning. The objective of the game is to hit the correct letter by the time it gets to the top row of letters. Players can select one of 10 songs to “dance” to. This game really tests key recognition skills, so it’s best suitable for older kids who are looking to get better at typing without looking.
9. Typing Chef
Playing as an apprentice under the watch of a master chef, the objective here is to move your way up to different kitchen jobs by typing the words that appear on the screen. You start off by scrubbing dishes, typing the words that you see on the rising bubbles before they reach the top of the screen. But you have to be quick—you only have five lives! This game is best for older kids looking to improve their typing speed.