Let’s talk about something that is tricky to navigate in kindergarten. Technology and namely kindergarten computer activities.
Kindergartners can do amazing tasks with technology – it’s pretty innate to them… however, they still have to be taught kindergarten computer skills and we still have to plan computer lessons.
Here are my top kindergarten computer activities and resources for kindergarten teachers and computer lab teachers to use with kindergartners.
If you use a computer lab with desktop computers, then I have a list of the top 10 kindergarten computer skills you should teach. It really comes down to the basics to make your computer lab time run smoothly.
Now, what about content? I mean, what should kindergartners be doing while they are in the computer lab?
Easy to Use Standards-Based Computer Activities
My opinion as a classroom teacher is that they should be doing work to facilitate what they are doing in the classroom. Kindergarten computer activities should be an extension of classroom learning.
For me, that meant our computer lessons for kindergarten should reflect the standards we are doing in the classroom.
And for us, that meant our computer skills and computer lessons weren’t purely focused on learning to use technology for the sake of using technology – but rather they were focused on our standards.
We used basic computer skills and great kindergarten computer games to help us achieve that.
Don’t get me wrong, I still taught some other basic skills (like word processing) later in the year – but I did it to facilitate writing stories – what we had going on in the classroom. I don’t like making work for students just to have work, so my computer lab lessons needed to not be busywork.
Okay, so what was my solution to not just sending kids to starfall or even symbaloo and play random games until computer lab time is over?
What’s the better alternative?
My solution was to create a set of clickable links (kinda like you’d see in some hyperdocs) that my kinders could play through in order.
That way they would:
- work at their own pace
- learn kindergarten computer skills
- work on kindergarten standards (like reading and math)
- stay engaged
It was like I made my own kindergarten computer curriculum. And it worked.
The cool thing is that I’ve shared it with hundreds of other kindergarten and computer lab teachers and it worked for them too.
These currently work only on computers.
But I don’t recommend them for Chromebooks, Google Classroom (just yet – but I’m working on an updated solution), or iPads (due to the use of flash games).
You can easily plug and play these onto your classroom (or computer lab) computers and be up and running in no time. They also work on smart boards.
Pick which ones you need and you’re set to go. It really is computers for kindergarten made easy!
More Computer Activities (Free)
Most teachers start with the kindergarten computer lab activities and add on from there.
It works just like the computer lessons for kindergarten students but isn’t quite as in-depth. But it has lots of links to my favorite kindergarten computer games websites.
Thousands of teachers and students have used these computer activities for kindergarten since lists the kindergarten standards and the games links all hit major common core standards for kindergarten.
Make Your Own Kindergarten Computer Curriculum
But, what if you want to create your own kindergarten computer curriculum, your own hyperdocs or even first grade computer curriculum?
Then, I’ve got your back.
You can link to your favorite kindergarten computer games (or whatever links you want for the grade(s) you teach) in these customizable computer lesson plan templates.
Simply pick the theme you like and add your links to get started! If you teach computer lab, this will be a huge time saver. And a sanity saver, may I add.
Show Videos Without the Hassle
If you like linking to Youtube videos in your computer lessons, then you should definitely know about viewpure.com.
Take your youtube video address and pop it in to get a classroom-friendly version of the video (and a new link to use) without ads, annotations or even suggested videos at the end.
If you’re in need of some kindergarten videos to use in your lesson plans, then here are some teacher-tested ones you can use.
- 13 Quick Christmas Videos for Kindergarten
- No David by David Shannon Videos for Kindergarten
- 12 Quick Thanksgiving Videos for Kindergarten
- 16 Phonics Videos for Kindergarten
- Videos to Teach 2D Shapes
- Pete the Cat Videos
- Online AudioBooks for Kindergarten
- Math Videos for Kindergarten
So there you have it. One teacher’s solution for kindergarten computer activities that can last you the entire year!
You’ll be so glad – it’ll make teaching computers to kindergarten easier, less stressful and ahem, already planned out for you.
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More Kindergarten Computers
- 7 Kindergarten Standards-Based Computer Activities
- 10 Computer Lab Tips and Skills for Kindergarten
- Kindergarten Computer Lab Lesson Plans