Friday, December 17, 2010

TOS Crew My Tiny Planets Review

My Tiny Planets
My Tiny Planets
Ages 4-12
The site is free.  'Keys' can be purchased starting at $1.95 for 10.


My Tiny Planets is a new online community and virtual world that combines social elements and gaming to create an engaging fictional outer-space exploration experience.  Children adopt and care for their own planet, solve galactic missions with Bing and Bong, sharpen their wits with fast-paced mini-games, navigate their spaceships and avoid wormholes, nurture exotic plants in a biodome, recycle and collect water during rainstorms, help keep neighboring planets clean, all the while racking up achievements and special badges for their accomplishments.

The Tiny Planets online content has won two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards - Interactive Best Entertainment Website and Best Children's Interactive.

Also accessible is Tiny Planets TV where you can watch an episode from the series that was co-created with Sesame Workshop.  These episodes emphasize science education and early learning goals.

Tiny Planets Fun is filled with brainy puzzle games as well as coloring books and comics.

On Tiny Planet Books there are interactive story books for younger children.

Tiny Planets Learning is their site for parents, homeschoolers and educators.  There you'll find lesson plans that include educational activities and science experiments to do at home.

My oldest 3 children took a tour of this website with mixed results.  My 12 year old was not challenged by the content and after a short while found it boring.  My 9 year old enjoyed the website the most.  He spent his time souping up his spaceship, building his planet and playing the games.  My 7 year old enjoyed the interactive story books and playing a few of the games.

Definite pluses we found:  Ad-free with an interactive environment with no free-form chat.  Upon signing up with Tiny Planets, you child chooses a cadet name from an auto name generator.  So, their true identity is never revealed.  You can play for free or purchase 'keys' to unlock special features such as accessories for your space ship or special buildings for your planet in My Tiny Planets or special episodes on Tiny Planets TV.

Here's what other crew members are saying.

I received a free subscription in exchange for an honest review.

3 comments:

  1. Thank you for taking the time to review our site. Please also let your children know that we really appreciate their input and are working on making some changes based on their (and other kid's opinions).

    Enjoy!

    Cheryl
    My Tiny Planets Community Manager

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  2. P.S. I love your theme! It's just too cute!

    Cheryl
    My Tiny Planets Community Manager
    www.mytinyplanets.com

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  3. Hi. Just wanted to thank you again for reviewing the site. I wanted to let you know that on April 4th the new and improved site was launched. I'd love to hear any thoughts you might have, especially since some of the changes were made because of the Crew's suggestions. You can check us out at www.tinyplanets.com. You can reach me at cheryl@mytinyplanets.com.

    Thanks!
    Cheryl

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