Dec 17, 2010

TOS Review: Tiny Planets

As a member of The Old Schoolhouse review crew, we were given a subscription to the website Tiny Planets to review. This site is for kids ages four to twelve and is based on the space adventures of two aliens... Bing and Bong. On this site you will find books to read, games to play, and "tv episodes" to watch. A lot of the site is free, but some of it can only be used after you purchase it with "keys". The keys are bought by the parent with real money and the cost is as follows:
10 keys    $1.95  
25 keys    $3.95   
85 keys    $9.95   
250 keys  $25.95 
600 keys  $49.95 
A parent account is necessary to buy keys. Whatever you buy with the keys is available permanently to that account. A premium account is also available for purchase, which gives you access to more of the site, although I couldn't find the place to purchase it. 
Tiny Planets has a lot of different places to play and things to do. We explored it several times and I don't think we even scratched the surface. My kids mostly enjoyed the Labs, which is where the games are found. They were not interested at all in the "educational" part of the site. We had some difficulty finding our way around and the kids were very annoyed that they could not choose their own usernames. When asked, they said they enjoyed playing here, but it was not something they ever asked to play.
Sign up is free, however, so you can check it out yourself. Or you can see what fellow Crew members thought here.






This product was given to me free for the purpose of this review and all opinions are honest and my own.

2 comments:

Cheryl Henderson-Khalid said...

Thank you for taking the time to review our site. We are now concentrating our efforts to provide great learning tools for the 4-8 year old age group. The first ones roll out in March 2011. We hope you'll like them.

Cheryl said...

Hi. Just wanted to thank you again for reviewing the site. I wanted to let you know that on April 4th the new and improved site was launched. I'd love to hear any thoughts you might have, especially since some of the changes were made because of the Crew's suggestions. You can check us out at www.tinyplanets.com. You can reach me at cheryl@mytinyplanets.com.

Thanks!
Cheryl

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