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Best Typing Games for Kids

Best Typing Games

Typing games are a great way to make learning to type easier and more fun. Games discourage you from looking at the keyboard while encouraging you to spend more time practicing and improving your typing skills. As computers are used more frequently in classrooms, and as online virtual schools become more prevalent, having a jump start on learning how to type can be a great advantage for kids.

Being able to navigate your way around a keyboard is an important life skill and what better way to start your kids on their journey to touch-typing success than to introduce them to the letters of the keyboard through fun typing games. Although you would think there would be a plethora of good kids typing games, there are only a handful of high-quality ones available through the app stores. We have tested loads and shortlisted our best to save you the hard work!

We’re sure your kids will find these typing games apps both entertaining as well as useful for honing their typing skills.


Fast Typer 2

Fast Typer 2

Help to improve your kids’ typing speed and accuracy with a 21st century app that has all the nostalgic qualities of an old-fashioned typewriter. This clever typing game pitches you against the stopwatch while you type out whole words and it will match your output with a tick or cross for instant feedback. It measures speed, accuracy and gives a final score. It even grades your efforts! Type as fast as you can with the click, click of an old-fashioned type-writer and the typeface of a bygone era. The background even looks liked aging paper. It’s worth paying the 99p to remove the ads.

Age: 8+

Price: Free

Fast Typer can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad and Android


Type For Fun

Type For Fun

Although the App Store description has this app listed it as suitable for 17+ (we have no idea why!) this is a typing game suitable for complete beginners and the graphics are certainly more appealing to younger children. The user needs to type whole words before the aeroplane banner travels to the other end of the screen. The air speed can be increased as the user’s speed and accuracy improve. The words range from very simple (3 characters) to advanced (up to 11 characters). The latest score is displayed on screen and you can view a range of data including highest score and words per minute.

Age: 6+

Price: Free

Type for Fun can be downloaded on iPhone, iPad


Animal Typing

Animal Typing

Animal Typing is a really fun and attractively designed typing app suitable for children to start learning how to touch type. It is accessible from complete beginner level and it matches the user’s typing speed to the speed of the animal it assigns them, so if you get a snail, you had better speed up! It really promotes typing skills - with space, return and punctuation needed to be used too, not just letters. It even shows the user where to place their fingers on the keyboard. With over 10 languages and keyboards available (not just Qwerty) it really is an international typing app. This game is best for older kids looking to improve their typing speed.

Age: 6+

Price: Free

Get Animal Typing for iPhone, iPad


Type Defense - Typing and Writing Game

Type Defense - Typing and Writing Game

Type Defence is a really fun (but slightly gruesome!) typing game, not for the faint hearted. Type quickly and accurately to stop the desert bandits invading your castle. Each word typed correctly allows you to shoot-to-kill. With a rather nice dessert soundtrack and sound effects included, this neat little typing game supports multiple languages and is an extremely fun way to improve typing skills. Although it is classified as 12+ we felt it would be fun for a slightly younger audience, notwithstanding the element of gore. You can upgrade you castle and collect gold as you play.

Age: 10+

Price: Free

Get Type Defence for iPhone, iPad and Android


Super Qwerty Tank Z

Super Qwerty Tank Z

Super Qwerty Tank has the look and feel of a retro computer game, with an extremely cool and slightly futurist electronic soundtrack and a neat background story tutorial. It’s a unique typing game which will keep kids totally absorbed and amused as they work on their typing skills by correctly typing the words displayed on screen in order to shoot them from their tank. We really like that to re-load your tank you have to shake your device, making it a rather multi-sensory typing game experience too. Tanks can be upgraded through in app purchases, but a lot of typing fun can be had for free!

Age: 10+

Price: Free

Get Super Qwerty Tank for iPhone, iPad


Typing Fingers

Typing Fingers

Typing fingers is a really fun and well-designed typing app that advances children’s touch-typing skills. The graphics are attractive and the features are pretty sophisticated. The main requirement is that you will need an external keyboard. This may seem a drawback, but it actually provides the ideal environment in which children can get used to a full-size keyboard. Typing speed can be increased or decreased to suit age and ability and it shows where to place fingers, even how to sit to maintain good posture while typing. Fun games make up the second part of each ‘lesson’ and kids will love them. One lesson is free or unlock the another 29 for full typing fun!

Age: 6+

Price: Free

Get Typing fingers for Android, iPad, Windows Store, Mac App Store


Type to Run

Type to Run

This is a fast-paced and rather addictive typing game which helps to increase typing speed and accuracy while providing gameplay fun! It has the look and feel of a classic arcade game, alongside a cartoon-like soundtrack. The premise is simple: run away from the monster by typing letters to clear the pathway. Stumble on speed or accuracy at your peril! Be warned: the gun pops and slightly gruesome experience of ‘death by typo’ might be off-putting to some parents but certainly not for most kids, who will find this super-fun! So much fun that they won’t realise they’re learning how to type in the process!

This is a fast-paced and rather addictive typing game which helps to increase typing speed and accuracy while providing gameplay fun! It has the look and feel of a classic arcade game, alongside a cartoon-like soundtrack. The premise is simple: run away from the monster by typing letters to clear the pathway. Stumble on speed or accuracy at your peril! Be warned: the gun pops and slightly gruesome experience of ‘death by typo’ might be off-putting to some parents but certainly not for most kids, who will find this super-fun! So much fun that they won’t realise they’re learning how to type in the process!

Age: 8+

Price: Free

Get Type to Run for Android, iPad, iPhone


Chipmunk Word - Typing Master

Chipmunk Word - Typing Master

Chipmunk Word is aimed at the younger typist, with graphics, animations and gameplay suitable for even very young kids, who will enjoy popping the letters to type each word. As well as aiding typing skills, it can also be used to extend vocabulary and help spelling. The background music can be switched off, which is good as it’s rather grating on the nerves! Watch out for number hearts which need to be popped by typing the corresponding numeral. This is a cute touch and, as well as making the gameplay more fun, it promotes additional typing skills for your little one.

Age: 5+

Price: Free

Get Chipmunk Word for Android, iPad, iPhone


ZType

ZType

ZType has the look and feel of an old-school arcade game along the lines of space invaders, only you have to type out the words heading toward you in order to survive. It’s a fast-paced typing game which kids will really enjoy, but the speed and word selection will make it more suited to older children. It measures accuracy as a percentage of total and also calculates the longest streak of words you have blasted, so it really feels more like a game than a learning app. There are many keyboards available but the ads are really rather intrusive, so you might want to upgrade to get rid of them. 

ZType has the look and feel of an old-school arcade game along the lines of space invaders, only you have to type out the words heading toward you in order to survive. It’s a fast-paced typing game which kids will really enjoy, but the speed and word selection will make it more suited to older children. It measures accuracy as a percentage of total and also calculates the longest streak of words you have blasted, so it really feels more like a game than a learning app. There are many keyboards available but the ads are really rather intrusive, so you might want to upgrade to get rid of them.

Age: 10+

Price: Free

Get ZType for Android, iPad, iPhone


Speedy - How fast can you type the alphabet?

Speedy - How fast can you type the alphabet?

In ‘practice’ mode you can type out all the letters of the alphabet in order and beat your time in this fast-paced typing game. The app records times to the milli-second for those who are trying for a personal best. In survival mode you need to type letters of the keyboard in order to survive and increase your score and work to beat your ‘record’. You can even share your results via email, which is a nice touch! This app is basic but is easy and fun and its sound effects make it rather satisfying to use. We particularly like the firework noises!

In ‘practice’ mode you can type out all the letters of the alphabet in order and beat your time in this fast-paced typing game. The app records times to the milli-second for those who are trying for a personal best. In survival mode you need to type letters of the keyboard in order to survive and increase your score and work to beat your ‘record’. You can even share your results via email, which is a nice touch! This app is basic but is easy and fun and its sound effects make it rather satisfying to use. We particularly like the firework noises!

Age:6+

Price: Free

Get Speedy for Android, iPad, iPhone


How to find good Typing Games

Living in today’s digital world, it’s pretty important that kids know how to type. But learning to type doesn’t have to be a chore. The above typing games that will get your child’s tiny fingers moving.

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