My Tiny Planets is a big website with equally large credentials and endorsements. It was co-created by Sesame Workshop and has been endorsed by Montessori International. It has also won two BAFTA (British Academy of Film and Television Arts) awards – Interactive Best Entertainment Website and Best Children's Interactive. Quite admirable, I'd say!
Here's the rundown:
Both Amélie and Jack enjoyed the TV episodes. Bing and Bong are a nicely-wrapped cartoon package of lovable, entertaining, and educational! The first episode is free, but additional episodes cost a certain number of keys. Keys can be purchased in the parent account for the following amounts:
10 keys: $1.95
25 keys: $3.95
85 keys: $9.95
250 keys: $25.95
600 keys: $49.95
Amélie especially liked adopting and caring for her own planet (I mean, who wouldn't like to create their own planet???). She got a little tired of the games that required spaceship navigation (I think she wished for a little more variety, perhaps?), and sometimes she got a little confused as to what she was supposed to do. I should confess right now that I am not a fan of computer games, so I honestly don't like to figure out how to do things Amélie can't decipher. I probably could have figured things out faster if I had a teeny, tiny bit more patience (maybe). :)
OK, I have a confession to make. I didn't spend very much time on this portion of the site. The thing is...I already have my hands full doing our rather time-intensive curriculum, and I chose to use this site as a fun site for my kids...with the added perk that it was also educational. However, it looked like there was some great information here for parents who might want to take what is offered on this website one step further.
Whew! That was A LOT of information! It is a huge site, though, and it takes awhile to navigate, figure out, and unlock its fun potential. We have enjoyed having this site to play with. One of my favorite parts is that much of it is free. There are definitely more things to do if you purchase the keys, but it's not like some sites that I know Amélie has gotten really frustrated with because it seems like all of the fun stuff requires money. It was fun having some keys to use up (we received 25 keys to use), and I would say it would be worth it to purchase extra keys, but I honestly am not sure that I would do so. However, I have never bought any extra stuff on a game site, so that could just be me and how I operate. :)
If you would like to see what my other crewmates are writing about this site, you can check out their reviews here.
Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS Homeschool Crew I was provided a free copy of this product for my honest evaluation. Aside from the 25 keys deposited into my account, I was given no other compensation for this review.