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PBS Kids: Plum Landing

By Erin Brereton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Explore nature with cute alien Plum on info-packed PBS site.

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PLUM LANDING, like several other PBS Kids sites, features videos, show information, and a few games. The content isn't too diverse -- in games, kids snap photos of animals and plants, maintain an ecosystem, or draw, and some contain repetitive elements; videos center on several general locales, including the desert, jungle, and mountains.

However, the site does a good job of conveying a significant amount of scientific information. Most video clips are a kid-friendly length -- typically less than five minutes -- and demonstrate theories well. Live-action segments, for example, involve environmental adventures like kids creating models that show how desert plans retain water and cleaning up trash to protect natural waterways. Some videos also illustrate concepts with kids' drawings.

Games offer detailed instructions, an impressive number of levels, and frequent animal and ecosystem facts. The narrator repeatedly pauses to explain potentially unfamiliar terms, and kids can repeat rounds, if they'd like to improve their performance. The amount of info and continued emphasis on kids learning-- not just seeing -- new facts about nature elevates Plum Landing beyond just a TV show's companion website.

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