Both our daughters are learning to touch type. It's an important skill to learn given that throughout their schooling, assignments are likely to be done on computers rather than pen and paper. Plus next year, in Grade 6, the last year of Junior School here, our eldest daughter will get her own laptop as part of the school programme, and all the children are being advised to learn to touch type now.
A couple of years ago, we discovered a fabulous site for kids learning to type. (the BBC's Dance Mat Typing) Our girls have used this now and again and are becoming quite proficient. Having reached the end of the Dance Mat Typing course they now need something else to practice with.
There are lots more typing games out there, but a lot of them have adverts flashing up at the beginning which I didn't like.
Here are the best 5 I found, with no adverts:
Keyboard Ninja - chop fruit that gets thrown up with letters on - but don't chop the bombs!
Snow Typer - type the words as the fall with the snow before they hit the ground
Typing Attack - A simple space invaders type game. Type the words to blast and clear the screen
Super Hyper Spider Typer - help the spider climb up to avoid the oncoming chameleons by typing the words.
Trick or Type - help the ghosts catch the flying treats in their bags
For each of the games you can choose your level and which of the keyboard letters you want to use for the game, so you don't have to be an expert typist to play!
I tried all these games myself (just to check they were fun!) and have to say my favourite was Keyboard Ninja, just for the sound effects!
Do you know of any other good typing games?
Can your kids type?