It Takes Ten! 11 Fun Typing Games For Kids

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Typing Games are one of the best ways to help your kids learn to type, many children learn better and faster when there is an element of fun involved, so make use of these games and help your child learn a new skill.

Touch typing is an invaluable skill that can benefit your kids later on in life, so use these 11 free games to get them practising from an early age. There are so many fun games for them to play online and at home that they won't even realise they are learning.

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Keyboard Climber 2

There's a monkey stuck at the bottom of the cave! In order to save him, the kids can help the monkey to jump onto different platforms by recognising and typing the letters that show up on the screen. With every letter they get right, the monkey gets to move up a step, but if they get it wrong a coconut falls on the monkey's head and the game restarts. This is best for kids who are new to or still learning the alphabet. There's no time limit so they're free to move at their own pace.

Suitable for: 5-6-year-olds.

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The Typing of the Ghosts

The objective of this game is to stop the ghosts from approaching you. All your child has to do is type the words that appear on screen fast enough that the ghosts retreat and leave you alone. You get five lives total but if you're not speedy enough the ghosts will take your lives away. Eek! This is one of the best games for those older children who already know how to type well enough, but need practice at getting their typing skills to be faster.  

Suitable for: 10-11-year-olds.

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Type Type Revolution

In the style of Dance Dance Revolution, this typing game is one that will be addictive and useful. The aim is to press the correct letter on the keyboard by the time it reaches the top row of letters. Players can choose which song they want to play to out of a choice of ten. However, the game is really about letter recognition so would be great for those kids who want to get better at touch typing.

Suitable for: 8-9-year-olds.

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Typing Chef

Working as the apprentice under a master chef, your role in this game is to move your way up the kitchen job ladder by typing the words that appear on the screen before they reach the top. You'll start as a dishwasher, and eventually work your way up, but be careful because you only have five lives. This is another game that is perfect for kids who don't need to learn typing skills, but are instead looking to improve their speed.

Suitable for: 10-11-year-olds.

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Keyboard Jump

In this game, the aim is to get your character as high up in the trees as you can. For every word that is typed correctly, your character moves up a branch. However, make more than one mistake and you'll need to restart. This is a really good game for practising touch typing and will be suitable for a variety of ages as it has different difficulty settings that make it easy to adapt to your abilities.

Suitable for: 7-11-year-olds.

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Mario Teaches Typing

This is a game that works on windows, so you'd have to download it, but this makes it perfect for fun, free learning at home. Based on the classic Super Mario, the kids will get to learn typing with the help of a familiar character. To defeat the obstacles, simply type the words that appear on the screen. As your child makes their way through the different lessons and levels, the difficulty increases, eventually getting to full sentences.

Suitable for: 10-11-year-olds.

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Dance Mat Typing

Dance Mat Typing words in a similar way to Type Type Revolution wherein the kids have to input the letters before they reach the top of the screen in order to beat the levels. However, this works slightly differently as each level type uses different parts of the keyboard, breaking it down into smaller chunks and making it really simple for your kids who are still learning and getting used to touch typing.

Suitable for: 7-11-year-olds.

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Typing Game Bubbles

This game is one of the easiest on this list, making it great for your younger ones who are still getting used to the alphabet. All they have to do is type the letters that appear within the bubbles, once all the bubbles have been popped the game is complete.

Suitable for: 5-6-year-olds.

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Key Tower

To play this free game of letter recognition, all you have to do is wait for the crate with the latter to be hanging over the last crate you stacked, write the key that appears and see how high you can stack your boxes!

Suitable for: 5-6-year-olds.

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Keyman

Inspired by Pacman, this free typing game works much the same. Guide your character through the maze by pressing the letters that appear until they are pointing in the direction you wish to go, keep this up until you've collected all of the prizes and win the treasure box. But beware of the fish you see swimming around and use your keys to steer clear of him or you'll lose the game. This helps with learning letter and keyboard recognition.

Suitable for: 6-7-year-olds.

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Snakes

Using the letter keys on your keyboard, guide the snake around the screen by pressing the letters that correspond to the direction he needs to go. Collect the fruit, feed him up and watch him grow as your kids learn keyboard placements and improve their touch typing, letter recognition and hone their fine motor skills.

Suitable for: 7-11-year-olds.

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Natalie Rayworth
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Natalie has lived in London her whole life. Growing up her favourite days were the ones she got to spend exploring the halls of the Natural History Museum or running around pretending to be Peter Pan in the Diana Memorial Playground. Nowadays, however, she’d be more likely seen reading, listening to her favourite music, or hunting for special gems in the countless secondhand bookshops across the city.