It wasn’t that long ago that the only way to learn how to type was to sit down and
follow a boring, old-fashioned typing manual and do rigid typing exercises. That has all changed with the new instructional games designed just for kids.
Today we have interesting and funny typing games for kids that help hold their
focus while they learn the keyboard layout and practice keyboard drills. There are also kids educational typing games and even some cool typing games.
Although there are some free typing games on the internet, having a complete typing tutor program on a physical CD or DVD is the best and safest way to go especially for younger children.
Your kids will be able to play the games and learn typing on any computer in the house (or wherever you take the disk). And you can be sure that they will not end up on some questionable website.
Kids’ minds are like sponges at an early age as they develop. Children can learn languages, music, and other things quickly and easily without all the mental blocks that we as adults sometimes have. Not to mention the bad habits and shortcut techniques that we have picked up over the years.
So when is the best time to get your child to learn how to type? The answer is – the earlier the better. And now there are fun keyboarding games available to help them learn while they play.
Learning typing, from the more structured beginning keyboarding hand positions all the way to playing advanced speed typing games, is easier than it has ever been. The art and science of creating these educational typing instruction programs has really evolved over the last several years. And some keyboarding software companies have especially fine tuned their instruction methods and added many features in their latest versions.
One of the favorite games is the SpongeBob Typing Game. Anyone who has kids at home knows all about Sponge Bob Square Pants. If you are looking to buy a typing game as a gift for a child but don’t know who he is, don’t worry.
Spongey will be a hit with most anyone up to the early teen years (and even some of us older "kids" can enjoy him too).
Here are some more software programs for kids (and big kids too):
**Primarily for kids:
Typing Instructor for Kids 3 – from Individual Software
Typing Pal Junior – from DE Marque
Type to Learn 3 – from Sunburst
SpongeBob SquarePants Typing 2008 – from Riverdeep Interactive Learning Limited
**For older kids and learning keyboarders of all ages:
UltraKey 5 – from Bytes of Learning Inc.
Typing Quick & Easy 17 – from Individual Software
Because children quickly learn new concepts and skills while playing, getting your kids to play typing games is an easy way for them to learn how to type properly. Typing software programs are an inexpensive investment with great long-term rewards.
Your kids have their whole future ahead of them. Give them a jump start on one of the skills that they’ll need for the rest of there lives.
Kids Typing Practice – Is There a Short Cut?
There is no substitute for you to encourage your kids to practice typing frequently. Anyhow, it is an investment in their future career.
Head-to-head Typing Contest
High school kids are just not happy with the idea at all. I came to believe that typing was a skill best taught young. My Dad send my brother and I to typing school when we were in middle school back in the 60s.
It’s just because kids want to do what they see their parents doing, which makes me look like I use the computer as much as I wish I did. Anyhow, one way or another, he’s obsessed with letters and words. We use typing as a bribe.