Kids' Planet

Common Sense Media says

Wildlife site encourages kids to conserve.

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What parents need to know

Positive messages

Kids are encouraged to help save animals and their habitats.

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
Not applicable
Language
Not applicable
Consumerism
Not applicable
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
Not applicable
Privacy & safety
Not applicable

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Kids' Planet was created by Defenders of Wildlife, a nonprofit organization that works to protect animals and their habitats. Some links send kids to pages on the organization's main website that ask them to donate and "adopt an animal." (There's an intermediate screen that asks them to get a parent's permission first.)

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids' Planet delivers fun, relevant information in both online and offline activities. Older kids might find it a bit unsophisticated.

Learning Approach

Some of the written content is repurposed from the Defenders of Wildlife's main site, while other sections designed specifically for kids are more interactive.

Support

Kids can continue learning offline by exploring their environment and following the conservation tips offered on the site.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • reading

Science

  • animals
  • ecosystems

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Responsibility & Ethics

  • honoring the community

Kids can learn the facts about more than 50 species of animals on Kids' Planet, an educational site created by the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife. Fact sheets discuss each animal's habitat, diet, and behavior, and an in-depth publication explains how dogs evolved from wolves. Kids will also learn about endangered species and what steps they can do to protect them, including writing letters to elected representatives and holding fundraisers at school. Kids' Planet features comprehensive information about many kids' favorite subject; more interactivity on the site might keep kids more engaged.

This Learning Rating review was written by Susan Yudt

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Created by the nonprofit organization Defenders of Wildlife, KIDS' PLANET features games, activities, and fact sheets about animals and their habitats. Wild Games includes animal-themed classics like concentration, a sliding puzzle, and a word search. There are also pages to print out and color, an illustrated story called \"Web of Life,\" a section dedicated to preserving the wolf population, and a kids' guide to protecting the environment.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Kids' Planet delivers fun, relevant information in both online and offline activities, and the guide that offers conservation tips is well done. Older kids (and web-savvy younger ones) might find it a bit unsophisticated, though. The games are pretty simple and don't always run correctly, and the text-based "Web of Life" story would be more engaging if done in an interactive format.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about animals and their habitats. What different animals live in the ocean, in a jungle, or in your own neighborhood?

  • Families can also talk about endangered species. What things have caused animals to become endangered? What are people doing to prevent more animals from becoming endangered or extinct?

Website details

Genre:Educational
Topics:Science and nature
Pricing structure:Free

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Kid, 7 years old September 27, 2012
AGE
7
QUALITY
 

good things

good website not like cbbc
What other families should know
Great messages
Too much consumerism
Parent of a 3, 7, and 7 year old Written bymamofthree January 4, 2013
AGE
6
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

very good

my girls enjoyed it learning about different animals, my 3 year old enjoyed looking at the pictures
What other families should know
Great messages

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