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Dance Mat Typing

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Dance Mat Typing is a free online game that teaches kids to touch-type using the home-row method. Students progress through 12 stages within four levels (three stages per level) that slowly build the number of keys they’re expected to master. Maintained by the BBC.

COST: Free.


  • Great for beginners. Video instruction explains finger placement and other basics.
  • Simple program that kids can follow themselves from beginning to end.
  • Focus on how to type correctly rather than on speed. Some students may prefer this emphasis.
  • No need to login or sign up for anything.


  • Little feedback, and parents cannot monitor progress.
  • Probably not the best option for more advanced users. 
  • No practice offered to support faster typing.

Why it’s helpful for families living internationally

Dance Mat Typing is a great typing site for younger learners, and is accessible online nearly everywhere around the world. It’s quick to begin using, without any sign-in or setup. This fun and silly program provides a good introduction to keyboarding for kids, no matter where they’re living.


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