Free Typing Games for Kids
To make full use of online typing games, kids need a quiet place where they can focus on the computer screen and concentrate on typing quickly and efficiently. So, in a classroom environment, it's important to set the computer that will be used either in a quiet corner or in a room where there are few distractions.
The following are some of the best websites that feature very fun and high-quality online games. Any of these would be great for your students, or for your own kids if you want to help them practice typing at home.
The aptly named website, My Typing Games is a great place to start for free typing games. There aren't a lot of games, but the ones kids will find there are very fun.
My Typing Games Main Page
Some include "Swim with Letter", where kids must type letters floating in the ocean and "Save the books", where kids just need to type the falling letters to save the books piled on the right side of the screen.
Fun to Type is a site that has even more games to choose from, with really fun typing games like Keyboard Ninja, Type-a-Balloon, Bomb Squad and Typing Defense.
You wouldn't think that there could be this many ways to make typing fun, but this site proves you just never know how much fun typing can be until you've practiced your skills inside of a high-paced, very exciting game.
Typing Games at Fun to Type
The games here are a real blast and very addictive. Kids will get swept away in the excitement of games like Type-a-Balloon, where kids have to type the letter on the balloon in order to pop it before the ballpon is able to escape into the sky.
The other games here are just as well-made and just as fun. These are a great reward to use in a classroom. Students will feel like they are enjoying an actual video game, when in reality they are actually increasing their typing skills.
Another site with a great list of fun typing games is NewTyping.com. This site has just under twenty games, including fun titles like Fowl Worlds, Type Type Revolution (very fun), and Cup Stacking.
All of these games creatively introduce an element of arcade into the seemingly dry practice of practicing typing. Kids won't even realize they're learning to type faster as they play Querty Warriors and fire at other tanks with their quick typing skills, or play Cup Stacking to pile taller pyramids of cups by typing the right letters.
One of the most popular typing game sites online - one that you'll see with listings all throughout Google - is Alpha Free Typing Games. This is a site that has almost 70 games to choose from, and include some of the best typing games that you'll find online.
Alpha Games Main Site
The games here are a little more "cartoonish" than other sites, which makes them great choices for younger kids that are learning to type. One of the more advanced games for kids that are at a somewhat higher level of skill is one called "Water Words"
Alpha Games Water Words Typing Game
This game includes just typing the words that are floating by across the screen as quickly as possible. Words flow at different speeds, so the faster you can type larger words, or faster-flowing words, the more points you can accumulate.
Sense-Lang is another good site to spot a few more fun typing games for kids. A few great examples here include "Typing Olympic", where you must type sentences to compete as an Olympic athlete, "Typing Race" where you compete against other players to be the fastest typist on the race track, and "Meteor Game" where you need to destroy meteors as fast as you can by typing letters on the keyboard.
Sense-Lang Free Typing Games
The typing games at this site are very unique and a great deal of fun that any kid will enjoy.
One website that only features a single game - but a very fun game - is TypeRacer. At TypeRacer, kids get to test their typing skills against other people online that are ready to race as well. All you have to do is click on "Enter a Typing Race" and they will show up on the screen as a race car, waiting for other players.
Type Racer Game
Once other racers join the game, get read and start typing as fast as you can! Kids will love these races against other players across the world. Nothing is more motivating to improve typing skills than the incentive of winning a race.
The last site for kids to have lots of fun while practicing typing is The Typing Playground. The Typing Playground features its own "original games" that incorporate typing into a fast-paced game.
Typing Playground Main Page
A few examples include "Keyboard Simon" that's like the usual "Simon Says" game, but with letters, "Typing Trek" where kids use the keyboard to navigate obstacles, and "Falling Words" where kids need to type words as fast as possible before they hit the bottom of the screen.
As you can see, the selection of typing games online is plentiful. You can choose any of the sites above, or choose them all - and link to them from your classroom computer or your home computer. If your kids or students want to play video games, encourage them to play these games instead, and watch as their typing skills increase dramatically.