Friday, December 17, 2010

TOS Review - Tiny Planets Website




You might remember the 'Tiny Planets' television episodes with Bing and Bong. Floating around in space on their fancy white couch / sofa, they visited different planets helping out where they could. Bing and Bong now also have their own website.

The creators fo this site suggests that it is appropriate for ages 4 - 12.


What the site offers:

Tiny Planets TV episodes
Tiny Planets Books to read online
Online Games

and more...

Your first port of call is to visit the PARENT's SITE over HERE for lots of detailed information on each page.
  
You will find some lesson plans HERE for preschoolers. My kids are older so we did not use this.

There are also some science experiments for older kids (which is Tinyplanets blog). You can find it HERE.

One area of the site requires LOG-IN. This is the My Tiny Planets area where you register as a 'Cadet' and are able to create your own planet. My Tiny Planets (MTP) where 'Cadets' can create and look after their own planets. Here they can make and meet new friends. A safe social network type page. The Cadet get some missions to do and they gain stars. I don't like social networking sites for kids, but on this site kids choose from predesigned greetings and questions without being able to type in their own messages. You fly around space and can upgrade you space craft and clean up space by shooting at the rubbish.

To register you click on "Create a Cadet" in the top right-hand side of the page. It then gives you a black window with green writing and a Cadet Name. If you don't like the name you click on the "Try Again" button until you are happy with the name it offers you. You then decide on a password. You HAVE REMEMBER THESE else you won't be able to log in. It's important to write it down somewhere - because you don't get asked for an e-mail address (to make it really safe for the kids), you don't get a confirmation letter with Log-in details for the cadets. Parents sign up for their own Parent Account where you can add & delete cadets, change passwords and purchase KEYS.

Most of the site is free, but there are some Books, TV episodes and upgrades to space crafts (under MTP), which require you to purchase KEYS to unlock it. KEYS can be purchased once you are logged in.

At the time of writing this review, the cost of KEYS were from NZ$2.77 for 10 keys to NZ$70.82 for 600 keys.

Although the site suggests it is appropriate for ages 4 - 12, I'm not sure that the older kids would necessarily enjoy it. My children are 7 and 10 and although they initially enjoyed playing on Tiny Planets they seemed to have lost interest in most of the games fairly quickly. The part they did enjoyed for longer was My Tiny Planets.

My son (7) found some of the games very frustrating, either cause it only had a couple of levels which just repeated or it was too tricky for him to navigate. Games he enjoyed included Tic Tac Toe, and the Building Game  (3 levels).

I am sure that younger kids would enjoy the site with leaning activities, books, tv episodes and games. The graphics are fun and some of the games do require problem-solving skills.

DISCLAIMER:  As part of the TOS Crew I was asked to review this website in exchange for my honest opinion. Although access to most of the website is free, I was provided with free access to all the information for review purposes. I received no other compensation.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: I am one of several people who reviewed this website so what you read here is only one opinion. See what my fellow crew mates think of this website, by going HERE to read their reviews.

3 comments:

Cheryl said...

Thank you for taking the time to review our site. Please let the kids know that we're adding new missions to MTP so stay tuned. As a member of the TOS crew, you can have unlimited access to the entire site. If this is of interest to you and your family, please email me with their cadet names and I can make it so. :)

Cheryl said...

The folks at Tiny Planets wanted to thank you for your hard work and honest reviews. We just want to let you know that your children will continue to have unlimited (free) access to our website. (Yea!)

We are also going to launch an art wall sometime next year, so if any of the children want to contribute, please scan their Tiny Planets related pictures and email them to me at cheryl@mytinyplanets.com or you can mail them to me at:

Cheryl Henderson-Khalid
My Tiny Planets Limited
P.O. Box 78
Bushkill, PA 18324

Again, thank you for your time and effort. If you'd like to share our websites with others, please let me know and I"ll send over our Tiny Planets button for your blog.

We wish you a happy and healthy 2011.

Yours truly,

Cheryl Henderson-Khalid
My Tiny Planets Limited
Community Manager

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