Friday, December 17, 2010
TOS Crew My Tiny Planets Review
My Tiny Planets
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.