Tuesday, 18 October 2016

Keyboard Climber- Touch Typing for Very Young Children

In this 5 minute video, I demonstrate a free touch typing game called Keyboard Climber. This is a great game for very young children because it teaches them where each letter is on the keyboard.

The video includes a full set of subtitles but if you want to read from a full transcript, find it below.

Start of Video Transcript

Hello everyone. It is James from the Visual Impairment Team in Devon.

In this video I am going to demonstrate a touch typing game called Keyboard Climber.

Keyboard Climber is a game that develops keyboard familiarisation skills in young children.

The best way to find it is to search for “Keyboard Climber ” in Google.

It can be found on the website Tvokids.com.

The game focuses on the steps that a monkey makes up through the trees (level 1), into the sky (level 2) and into space (level 3) before landing on the moon.

Each step is a letter that you must press correctly, otherwise you will be hit by a coconut and made to start the level again.

So let’s play. I will take you through level 1 so that you get a taste of what the game is all about.

All the levels only require you to press lower case letters


It is free and can be accessed in any browser.

Entertaining animations and sounds that will motivate young children.

A funny consequence when you make a mistake

3 different looking levels- trees, sky and space that adds variety

The game can be made larger using the Zoom facility in a browser


Although the design is attractive I think that it is too busy or complicated for a child with a visual impairment.

The contrast is poor- pink letters against yellow bananas.

Also the font is too ugly- it is hard to identify the letters at times.

It only focuses on lowercase letters and so it is a bit limited.

Also you might have to watch a video ad before you play it.

Thanks for watching my video tour of Keyboard Climber.

Below this video is a link to my demonstration of Keyboard Climber 2 that stretches skills a little more!

If this video has helped you, please share it with your friends, colleagues  and family.

I have created lots of other videos relating to touch typing and there is a link to my playlist below.

If you have any comments or questions or anything to add to the discussion, please leave them below.

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