By Susan Yudt,
Common Sense Media Reviewer
Common Sense Media Reviewers
Wildlife site encourages kids to conserve.
A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
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.
Kids are encouraged to help save animals and their habitats.
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.)
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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.
Talk to Your Kids 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?
- Subjects: Science: animals, ecosystems and the environment, Language & Reading: reading
- Skills: Responsibility & Ethics: honoring the community, Thinking & Reasoning: solving puzzles
- Genre: Educational
- Topics: Science and Nature
- Pricing structure: Free
- Last updated: November 5, 2015
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