A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids can learn and practice math and language skills. Games like The Counting Game adapt to how kids perform while Runaway Robot is a strategy game for older kids. Some games adapt to how well kids play, but that data is only available with a subscription. Overall, the games are useful for practicing the basics at various grade levels, such as memorizing math facts, ordering letters, or unscrambling words.
Kids get positive feedback when their answers are correct. The level of help varies for incorrect answers.
Products & Purchases
The membership option is heavily encouraged; it provides access to more games and tools and removes banner ads.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that LearningPlanet.com is a subscription-based collection of learning games for kids in grades PreK-7. There’s a handful of games kids can play for free, but more games and tools are tucked behind one of two membership options: $39.95 for a family (or five students) and $99.95 for a classroom of 30, both good for one year. Parents may want to turn off "interest based" ads, but this can be tedious and time consuming. (Click on the "Ad Choices" logo in the top right corner of each ad for options). Otherwise, kids will see ads for things adults may have searched for on the same computer.
Is It Any Good?
LEARNINGPLANET.COM's games are enjoyable and kids may find their drill-and-practice style useful for memorizing facts. Membership has its benefits; with a subscription, parents or teachers can search a large database of available games, assign particular skill-based games as needed, create customized puzzles and games, and track kids’ performance data. There's a lack of information about what makes the games good for learning. Did educators help design them? Are they aligned to a set of standards? With so much promised from a paid membership, parents may want to use the "Contact Us" link to find out more before signing up. There’s a 10-day free trial period but it requires a credit card to start.
Did we miss something on diversity?
Research shows a connection between kids' healthy self-esteem and positive portrayals in media. That's why we've added a new "Diverse Representations" section to our reviews that will be rolling out on an ongoing basis. You can help us help kids by suggesting a diversity update.