What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that this is a safe, fun site for elementary-school kids to learn how to "live lightly on the Earth." EekoWorld -- short for Environmental Education for Kids Online -- is composed of so much tangible information about the planet, all presented with voiceover, so pre-readers can learn, too. Kids can create an EekoCreature and use it to explore EekoWorld or click on one of the various topics to see educational animations. Kids can also post their eco-friendly tips and comments in the Eeko Exchange, but no worries: The site looks over every submitted tip before putting it online. There's no advertising on this site.
What's it about?
EEKOWORLD (Environmental Education for Kids Online) invites you to create your own EekoCreature -- you might choose the head of a shark, the shell of a turtle, the legs of a frog, and more. Once you've designed and named your creature, set it free in a special EekoWorld populated by other players' creatures. It's not always clear sailing, though: If you click on certain things, various ecological mini-quizzes soon appear in the form of questions. The longer you play, the more complex your EekoWorld will become, as development creeps in and good or bad ecological choices are made. There's also an EekoHouse -- an online representation of a real house -- as well as a look at different types of ecosystems.
Is it any good?
The information on this site -- whether it be on plants and animals, food chains, or recycling -- is engaging and presented with a voice-over so pre-readers can learn, too. A really cool area is the Eeko Exchange, where kids share tips on how to save water, create less trash, and how to design an awesome EekoCreature. The site looks over every submitted tip before posting it online, so parents don't need to worry about inappropriate material appearing.
Explore, discuss, enjoy
Families can talk about what they can do to live without impacting the Earth. Why is planting a tree useful for the environment? What kinds of things can you recycle? What goes in a composting bin? How do you throw out paint?