Lesson 4: Mouse control - clicking

Developing basic mouse skills, including moving and clicking and using an online paint tool

Before the lesson

Learning objectives

  • To learn what a mouse is and to develop basic mouse skills such as moving and clicking
  • To use a simple online paint tool to create digital art

EYFS outcomes

Physical development

  • Develop their small motor skills so that they can use a range of tools competently, safely and confidently.


Characteristics of Effective Learning

  • Playing and exploring
  • Active learning


Outcomes taken from Development Matters, 2021. 

ELGs taken from the new statutory framework for the EYFS, 2021. 


Teacher notes

Key vocabulary


Next steps

To continue to develop basic mouse skills such as moving and clicking.

To use the mouse to click and drag.

Note any specific next steps for individual children.

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Sophie Pickles,  
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