A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this website.
Kids will learn about animals, science, and geography. Wild Kratts teaches kids through zany wildlife-based stories; they'll also practice observation, critical thinking, and investigation skills. One Kratt brother emphasizes planning and logic, which can help kids prioritize thinking things through. Kids learn about areas like the African Savannah and Central American rainforest; a Creaturepedia lists animals by classification group, region, and habitat. Games tend to focus more on fun than education, but the site's fact-packed habitat map more than makes up for time spent making animals jump, slither, and fly. The Kratts' infectious enthusiasm for the natural world should inspire kids to do their own exploring.
Kids are encouraged to ask questions and investigate topics to learn about new scientific concepts.
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A section for parents provides learning information -- and an online store to buy apparel, water bottles, and other merchandise.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Wild Kratts is the companion website to the adventurous Kratt brothers' popular PBS show. Kids can play some of the games on this video- and animal-centric site using a webcam, which is cool: They'll be able to see themselves on screen and make characters walk and turn by moving, but their activity won't be recorded. The kid-friendly registration lets you select images to create a secret code or choose a secret question to use as a prompt if you forget your password. Older kids may enjoy seeing some of the unusual animals, but the site content is structured for a young, early-elementary audience.
Is It Any Good?
The WILD KRATTS website provides plenty of exotic animal images. But scenic platypus and Tortuga turtle shots aren't the only thing kids get out of the experience. The site content also provides a look at world geography and the environment. A virtual map offers a look at different terrains; animation and live-action scenes explain how geckos walk on smooth surfaces, what bees eat, and how animals relate to and depend on each other. Segments also often touch on how creatures fit into a larger ecosystem.
Kids will also learn investigative skills through the Kratt brothers' adventures. The duo's unbridled enthusiasm for creatures big and small comes through in show episodes and site activities. Kratts pop up during games and habitat adventures to provide an animated, bubbly stream of wildlife facts; live-action intros show the brothers giddily interacting with animals. The emphasis on using character narration and videos to present show clips and game instructions can help also kids who are still working on basic reading skills absorb the information without getting frustrated or lost.
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