What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
Thinking & Reasoning
- solving puzzles
Responsibility & Ethics
- honoring the community
Engagement, Approach, Support
Kids' Planet delivers fun, relevant information in both online and offline activities. Older kids might find it a bit unsophisticated.
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.
Kids can continue learning offline by exploring their environment and following the conservation tips offered on the site.
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?
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?