An Overview of KidzType Typing Games
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Have you ever noticed how well kids engage with games?
They love playing, and they love educational games! So have you ever considered teaching your kids touch typing by using a program that emphasizes fun typing games?
A program like KidzType Typing Games?
KidzType Typing Games is a free website devoted to helping children in grades 1-8 learn to touch type. And there’s nothing magic about the grade level. Teens and adults can use and enjoy KidzType just as much as the kids do!
If you’re wondering what touch typing is, it’s the ability to type without looking at the keyboard. A necessary skill in today’s world! Here’s a video that explains more:
Dance Mat Typing
So when you first land at KidzType, the homepage is full of Dance Mat Typing activities rather than the actual typing lessons.
Dance Mat Typing is a series of interactive games that work through the various keys beginning with the home row. Kids start by practicing hitting the keys f and j before moving on to asdfg and ;lkjh. The level one activities end with kids writing words using these letters. Words such as sentences like this: dad had a salad.
After the activity is over, you see how many angels you gave life, speed, accuracy, and the time taken to complete it.
The final level of the Dance Mat teaches the shift key.
What I love most about the Dance Mat typing games is you can see the fingers you’re supposed to use next to the keyboard. The fingers and keys are color-coded so kids can easily see which finger goes with which key!
KidzType Typing Games also includes typing lessons that move at a slower rate than the Dance Mat games. The first lesson begins with only the J, F, enter, and space bar. And kids can pick their time! You can practice typing for 1, 2, or 3 minutes. And as you’re working, the key you need to hit shows up in blue!
The lessons include the home row, top row, bottom row, shift keys, numbers, and symbols!
One note: The lessons and exercises do not automatically move to the next row. Instead, it works like my mom’s typewriter and the typewriter I learned to type on. I need to hit enter when I reach the end of the line.
I’m not actually certain how I feel about it. Hitting enter at the end of every line is rather annoying when I’m used to my computer automatically moving to the next line. On the other hand, it’s an excellent method for teaching kids the enter key!
The typing exercises are a combination of strict key review and practice writing actual stories. The number review has your child practicing 12345 and 09876 over and over again.
However, exercise review #24 has kids typing the story of Belling the Cat, the one where the mice decide to put a bell on the cat so they won’t get eaten!
And like the typing lessons, kids can choose between 1, 2, and 3-minute intervals. I love the short intervals because it keeps my kids from getting too frustrated.
And if you don’t think the exercises and lessons include enough practice, KidzType Typing Games also includes a page devoted to typing practice. Your child will begin by practicing the home row keys before moving on to the other rows.
The practice exercises continue through the shift key, numbers, and symbols. Then the practice exercises introduce sentences. Finally, kids get plenty of practice writing paragraphs.
Again kids can choose between 1, 2, and 3-minute practice sessions.
Free Typing Test
KidzType also has a sister site called TypeDojo where your kids can use the free typing test. It’s the perfect way to test your children’s typing speed periodically and check for improvement!
Plus Fun Typing Games for Kids
And I know you’re wondering where the games in KidzType Typing Games comes in.
KidsType Typing Games includes a huge number of typing games for kids.
The first game is Type Rocket. Kids practice typing individual keys on rockets that explode into fireworks on the screen. Typing words are easy for me. Typing an individual random letter is hard. Type Rocket turned out to be rather fun and challenging if I say so myself.
The younger kids loved popping balloons in Typing Balloon. It’s at a great level for beginning typists as all you need to do is type the letter rather than typing an entire word.
Ninja vs Zombies is another game my kids enjoyed. It gives you the option of easy, medium, and hard words. Or you can concentrate on the top or bottom row. You’re a ninja throwing stars at the zombies to get rid of them before they reach you.
The games are:
- Type Rocket
- Typing Balloon
- Typing Swimmer Rows
- Glider Cats Words
- Typeroids Top Row Mission
- Typeroids Home Row Mission
- Keyboard Booster Rows
- Keyboard Booster Words
- Bull Spell
- Owl Planes Long Words
- Sky Chase Words
- Jets Home Row
- Apple Orchard
- Car Rider
- Ninja vs Zombies
- Vampire Hunter
The hardest part of KidzType Typing Games was dragging my kids off the computer so I could get some work done.
They simply didn’t want to stop!
And KidzType Typing Games is completely free. So bookmark KidzType Typing Games and encourage your kids to use it!
Your kids will have a blast learning how to touch type.