CBeebies First Time Online is a selection of interactive activities specifically designed for young children (2-3 yrs old) who may not be very familiar with using the internet on a desktop/laptop computer or even a touch-screen.
It allows them to practise basic skills such as using a keyboard and mouse or learning how to use a touch screen on the tablet or smart phone. First Time Online allows children to gain confidence in using their IT skills in a safe place, where they can play games featuring some familiar and favourite CBeebies characters!
We have some games that are ideal to get your little one going and help them feel confident online, whilst having fun with their favourite characters!
For mobiles and tablets:
The Adventures of Abney and Teal – Bubble Pop:
This teaches little learners to tap the screen to make things happen and helps practice and improve their accuracy.
How to support your child in Play: Your child can use their finger to ‘tap’ the bubbles and pop them. The bubbles get gradually smaller to help improve accuracy and show progression. Why not encourage your child to count the bubbles as they pop them. See how many you can pop.
Waybuloo – Peeka:
Learning outcome: Teaching little learners that sometimes we need to swipe on the screen to find things and navigate to new content.
How to support your child in Play: The Piplings are hiding and you can encourage your child to practice their swiping skills by move the leafs away to find them!
On the main CBeebies site:
- This is the simplest game so great for absolute beginners, it teaches basic keyboard skills.
- Your child can complete the Numtum picture by pressing the spacebar once to move each jigsaw piece to the correct position.
- Once they’ve mastered the space bar you can change the controls so they can use practice using the mouse instead. Because the jigsaw pieces snap to the correct places automatically it’s great for improving your child’s confidence as they don’t have to worry about getting it wrong.
- Once they’ve mastered the puzzle game they could move on to this one which is great fun, helps to develop keyboard and mouse skills as well as helping them to learn to count.
- Press the spacebar each time you want to make the Numtum bounce and count from one to ten. You can also use your mouse instead of pressing the spacebar.
- Teaches simple mouse skills.
- Look out for Baby Jake’s friends and click the mouse anywhere on the screen when you see them.
- This game is great for little ones getting just used to using a mouse as you don’t have to be too accurate so it shouldn’t be frustrating for them.
- You can also use the spacebar to play.
- Teaches mouse skills and visual recognition.
- Use the mouse to cycle through the pictures until you find a match.
- This game is also on mobile and tablet – where it teaches swiping and tapping – use your finger to swipe through the pictures and tap when you have a match.
- Teaches mouse skills, specifically how to drag and drop which can be very tricky for kids to master.
- Use the mouse to match the Balamory characters in this simple game of dominoes.
- You can choose whether you want to play Level 1 or 2.
- There’s a clock that times how well you’ve done without putting pressure on, but it’s a handy way of helping your child to improve their computer skills as they play.
- A lovely simple game that teaches basic keyboard skills.
- Press the spacebar when you spot the Teletubbies – this really helps illustrate the basic pleasure of how pressing buttons can make fun things happen on a computer!
- Helps with simple keyboard skills.
- Press the spacebar to count up to four and make the Teletubbies appear, one by one, then press the space to make them disappear one by one again.
- Helps with mouse use and learning to click.
- Helps children recognise different shapes and learn the names of them.
- Encourages patience when watching the shapes being drawn.