I repost this article every September because I get so many requests for mouse resources for those youngest keyboarders. For an up-to-date list, click here. Enjoy!
One of the most important pre-keyboarding skills is how to use the mouse. The mouse hold is not intuitive and if learned wrong, becomes a habit that’s difficult to break. Here are some images to assist you in setting up your newest computer aficionados:
Here are 16 websites student will enjoy, including 4 for adults new to computers:
- Drawing Melody–draw in many colors with the mouse and create music
- Left-click practice while playing the piano
- Mouse and tech basics–video
- Mouse practice—drag, click
- Mouse skills
- Mouse Song
- Wack-a-gopher (no gophers hurt in this)
- Digipuzzles–great puzzles for geography, nature, and holidays
- Jigsaw Planet–create your own picture jigsaw
- Jigsaw puzzles
- Jigsaw Puzzles–JS
Many of these are simply repurposing mouse skill sites to the trackpad.
If you’re looking for more, Internet4Classrooms has a long list you might like, and these fun sites from minimouse.us.
More on mouse skills:
Dear Otto: Should Lefties Use Right Hands for Mousing Around
Tech Tip #61: How to Get Youngers to Use the Right Mouse Button
Dear Otto: Should I fix ‘Thumb clicking’?
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Jacqui Murray has been teaching K-18 technology for 30 years. She is the editor/author of over a hundred tech ed resources including a K-12 technology curriculum, K-8 keyboard curriculum, K-8 Digital Citizenship curriculum. She is an adjunct professor in tech ed, Master Teacher, webmaster for four blogs, an Amazon Vine Voice, CSTA presentation reviewer, freelance journalist on tech ed topics, and author of the tech thrillers, To Hunt a Sub and Twenty-four Days. You can find her resources at Structured Learning.
2 thoughts on “14 Websites to Teach Mouse Skills”
I struggle with teaching my incoming Kindergarten students mouse skills at the beginning of each year. I am new to your blog and was thrilled to run across this list of websites to teach these skills to my kindergarten kids!
These are great websites to teach mouse skills. A really popular one with K’s is puzzles. Just be sure to remind them that they’re practicing drag-drop. Thanks for dropping by!
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