Computer Parts Lesson for Kids

Instructor: Jennifer Lowery

Jennifer has taught elementary levels K-3 and has master's degrees in elementary education and curriculum/instruction and educational leadership.

Computers are a part of our everyday lives, and we couldn't live without them. In this lesson, learn about different parts of a computer and how each part functions.

Age of Technology

Can you imagine your life without computers? It seems impossible, doesn't it? Computers are a part of daily life, whether you are a student or an adult with a job. Have you ever stopped to think about the parts of a computer and how they work together? Let's explore important computer parts and find out their functions.


Before computers, there were machines called typewriters. Ask your parents if they ever used one! Typewriters have a keyboard, which is a set of buttons with letters, numbers, and symbols. Computers have keyboards as well with many more buttons and features. Keyboards enable people to conduct their work. Using this part, you can create all types of documents, including letters and emails.

Keyboards have buttons users can push to type letters and numbers to create documents.
parts of a desktop

Computer Monitor

Typing documents sounds kind of boring, so what if you could watch a movie on your computer? Actually, you can! The monitor is the part of the computer where you can see either what you are typing, or what is on the internet. This is a lot like a television screen. The monitor lights up and has sound, so you can view all kinds of cool stuff.


When you hear the word mouse, you probably think of those furry little creatures scurrying through the meadow, right? When it comes to computers, the mouse is very different! You can use a computer mouse to click on items that you see on your monitor. This part is small and round (kind of like a mouse) and has buttons that allow you to click and make changes on your monitor. It is often connected to the computer with a long cord (kind of like a mouse tail), although some are wireless. This means that they do not use a cord to connect to the computer but send a signal instead.

A computer mouse can have a cord, or it can be wireless.
parts of a computer

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