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When B was younger he always wanted to type on my keyboard so I bought him this one from Goodwill for $3. It has been great to use for “his office” and other pretend play!
 
keyboard and your toddler
 
 
Here are some other uses for this inexpensive keyboard:
  • Identifying letters and numbers – “Can you find and push the letter B?”
  • Letter Sounds – “Can you push the button with the letter that says /s/?”
  • Spelling your Name – Put letter stickers on the letters of your child’s name to practice typing their name
  • Use the arrow keys to talk about up, down, left, and right
  • If you’re brave, let your child use your keyboard to see how the letters that they type show up on the screen (using Word).
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8 Comments

  • Reply Jen @ lil Mop Top

    Great ideas! I did the same thing- got a keyboard from my mom that she wasn’t using and let John play with it since he loved banging on the laptop. Now I will just try to be more ‘educational’ with it! 🙂

    June 2, 2010 at 1:15 pm
  • Reply Dawn

    My recently turned 4 year old loves sending e-mails to her Daddy and has for about a year now. She types her C over and over because it’s for her and she types her 3 for the same reason. We’ve now had to switch to 4 and that’s throwing her a bit. I also have an old typewriter that all 5 of ours love to type on.

    June 2, 2010 at 5:30 pm
  • Reply JDaniel4's Mom

    My husband just gave JDaniel is old one. What great activities.

    June 2, 2010 at 6:46 pm
  • Reply MaggieK

    great tip…we were talking about getting one so Brady can work on spelling

    June 2, 2010 at 9:48 pm
  • Reply Elle Belles Bows

    Perfect idea! Thanks for sharing!!

    June 3, 2010 at 12:37 am
  • Reply Jessica

    That is a great idea!! My daughter LOVES to play with ours… I think it might also buy me some extra time while we work on our computers together 🙂

    June 3, 2010 at 5:13 am
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    June 3, 2010 at 5:24 am
  • Reply Ruth

    Very creative idea. My boy absolutely loved to play with our old keyboard when he was a baby. Come to think of it, he learned his letters very early. Maybe that is why! LOL

    June 17, 2010 at 6:24 pm
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