Preschool Games to Teach Mouse Skills

It is well known among parents that kids need no introduction to technology – within months of being given access to a smart phone or tablet, they are able to teach their parents a thing or two about their own mobile devices. This is true for preschool kids as well –the intuitive design of these devices make them incredibly easy for the youngest of kids to use. In fact, it is quite common to see three and four-year-olds learning preschool skills even before they begin schooling, merely by playing educational preschool games on their parents’ devices. However, the same cannot be said for all types of computer devices. While desktop computers seem as simple to use as mobile devices for many adults, preschool kids find the experience vastly different. After all, simple tasks like moving the cursor across the screen, clicking and dragging and dropping items do require a little practice to master. Furthermore, kids are rarely taught these skills at school, in spite of the increasing dependency on computers in our daily lives.Fortunately, there are several preschool games online that help the little ones develop mouse skills. Here are a few pages that offer these games:

preschool games                                  Photo Courtesy: Jennie Faber

Minimouse

Minimouse features many fun and simple preschool games designed to impart mouse skills to young kids. The games vary greatly in terms of content, but the basic principle is the same. Players use the cursor to accomplish a variety of tasks, from helping a pickle pop balloon to helping a frog catch flies. There are various levels of complexity as well, beginning with merely moving the mouse over specific objects, and then increasing to include factors such as speed and timing as well. Some of the preschool games include educational elements such as colors and shapes.

Bees and Honey

This website features three preschool games, each focusing on a different aspect of mouse control. In ‘Bees’, kids practice moving the cursor around the screen.In ‘Flowers’, kids practice moving the mouse and clicking. In ‘Honey’, kids practice clicking and dragging. The bright and colorful graphics are pleasing to the eye. All three games are based on the same theme, allowing preschoolers to focus entirely on their mouse skills without being distracted by additional game elements. The website is perfect for beginners. Kids can play each preschool game until they have mastered the relevant mouse skill before moving on to the next game.

Tidy the Classroom

This is an extremely simple preschool game with only one objective – to tidy the classroom. The game cleverly introduces various types of mouse skills through different tasks. For example, kids must move the mouse over the board to erase it, double click on the computer screen to switch it on, click on trash to throw it away and drag and drop a few objects to put them in their places. There is no time limit, so kids can take as long as they want to accomplish each task. One drawback is that the specific instruction for each object appears as text on the screen, which means that pre-schoolers will need an adult around to help them play the game.

Boobah

Boobah is a fun preschool game with no specific objective. Kids move their mouse around the colorful screen and click on the different objects to see various surprises. Some of the objects lead to other screens, with more surprises in store. Some of the surprises are mini-games in their own right. Boobah is great for getting young kids familiar with the working of a mouse, without any pressure to complete specific tasks.

With these fun and engaging preschool games, your child will be able to confidently and independently use a mouse in no time!

 

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