Dance Mat Typing is a program produced by the BBC to help children learn how to type. The online program is offered free of charge.
Dance Mat Typing has four levels. Each level is divided into three stages. Level one covers the home row and letters e, i, r and u. Level two adds six more letters. Five letters are added in level three, and level four adds such things as the period and slash keys. The last stage in the entire program brings everything together.
To make it fun for children to learn how to type, the program is interactive and uses animated animals to teach typing. These animal teachers narrate the lessons and show children where to place their fingers with cartoon hands. Other helpers provide tips and support to keep children encouraged. As each level is finished, the characters perform a song and dance to celebrate. Every level has a challenge, such as breaking eggs, to keep things fun for children.
No login is required to play Dance Mat Typing. Children can sit down at the computer and immediately start wherever they are in the lessons. This makes it easy for the program to be used at home or school.