Toddler Using a Computer

Updated on July 19, 2011
S.D. asks from Plainfield, IL
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I'm trying to teach my toddler how to use the mouse on the computer and cannot find any good sites. Its overwhelming how many sites are out there but just looking for suggestions on free sites to help teach this. Also, if you have any other recommendations for sites to teach the alphabet by touching the keyboard. Thanks for your suggestions, I got a little frustrated today because so many of the sites say "free" and then when you get there you have to subscribe.


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answers from Champaign on

We use the fisher price and starfall sites that have already been recommended. We also got a smaller mouse that she can actually get her hand on and control better.

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answers from Chicago on

I avoid websites because I hate the ads and stuff. A good program that does what your looking have to download but we love it here! (its free)
If you have a PC its called Babysmash, if you have a Mac its called Alphababy.

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answers from Huntsville on

As far as Web sites, you could try Nick Jr. ( and PBS Kids (

Other than that, I agree with Lesley. A game that takes up the whole screen is good for kids to learn. I was trying to remember what game I had my daughter start with... I don't think it was a Jump Start game, but something similar. It has a duck and it teaches colors, shapes, and letters.

Also, change your mouse pointer speed to be much slower. Kids want to move the mouse quickly, but then they can't follow the pointer on the screen with their eyes as quickly. Slowing it down helps them get used to it.

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answers from Daytona Beach on (teaches abc to read, etc)
playhousedisney.go? something like that (has games for little ones)
also jumpstart has cd's for the computer for toddlers, and preschool that are great!

i put a sticker on the left mouse button for my son so he could learn which button to press because he was always pressing the wrong one.

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answers from Biloxi on

Hi Sal,
When my son was a toddler (like 10 years ago LOL) I purchased some computer games that when playing, covered the entire computer screen so he could not accidentally click on "My computer" or something. I think they were Jump Start series. He loved them, learned computer skills and got a "jump" on kindergarten.

Have fun.



answers from Chicago on

There are toys that mimic laptops. I think one is even called My First Laptop. That said, with all the research linking gaming to childhood obesity (I know, I don't mean to be the harbringer of doom, but I have to say it), you might want to consider more traditional and interactive ways to teach your toddler the ABC's, like books, flashcards and songs. With technology evolving as rapidly as it is, our kids will be tied to computers and mobile devices for a good majority of their lives. I wouldn't push computer use so early. Once my 4 year old daughter figured out how to play games on my husband's iPhone, she fought me on going outside to play so I had to put a stop to that :) Good luck!



answers from Chicago on

My son loves the site It has a ton of games for both educational and entertainment purposes. And there is a parent log-in where you can limit the games they have access to and log how many hours they play.



answers from Seattle on

learn the letters first, and then the keyboard is easy.



answers from Indianapolis on

Jumpstart has a lot of games for toddlers. You can find them on their website or at WalMart.



answers from Springfield on

My 3 yr old loves She also occasionally goes to



answers from Pittsburgh on

The best one for a toddler has already been mentioned. that one has games where all the child has to do is push any button on the keyboard to get a response. It is a great introductory to using the computer, it also has more games as they learn more about the mouse. Good luck and good for you for introducing computer skills early :)



answers from Jacksonville on

my 3 y/o daughter plays games at

She sat on my lap at first, now she just gets after it with little assistance but I will occasionally sit with her because it gets lonely in the house without her lol

Its awesome because its teaching her letters, shapes, colors etc all the while learning her way around the computer! Good luck!

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