Touch typing, when done well, is the fastest way to write and will come in very handy at secondary school. Many children can learn to touch type faster than they can to write with a pen.
Some important things to remember are:
BBC Dance Mat Typing is a fun way to learn touch typing. There are four levels of online lessons to work through:
You can program your own interactive stories, games and animations in Scratch. This helps to further develop creative thinking and systematic reasoning skills.
Scratch is designed for children aged 8-16 years, for younger children aged 5-7 ScratchJr is available.
More information for parents can be found on About Scratch.
To program offline, you can download Scratch Desktop.