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Friday, December 17, 2010

Product Review: Tiny Planets- Infinite Fun for Inquisitive Kids!

Tiny Planets is a children's entertainment company that strives to deliver engaging high quality entertainment centered around a space theme. It features the aliens Bing and Bong who travel through space on their rocket-powered sofa. This whimsical wonderland is intended for ages 4 to 12.


The program offers many aspects for your child to explore. Tiny Planets TV allows you to view any of the television episodes. This series emphasizes science education and is endorsed by Montessori Centre International. My Tiny Planets is an online gaming community based on space and science exploration. Tiny Planets Learning offers lesson plans and science experiment ideas.


The company has won many awards and strives to create a safe online learning environment for your children. It offers many ways that parents can control the aspects of the program for their children. Click Here to read more about their privacy policy and parent account.

Most of the site is free to use, so check it out! You can buy little upgrades for a small fee that allow your child to access additional features, but we didn't find that necessary at all.


My boys (ages 8, 6, and 4) enjoyed using the Tiny Planets program. Seriously, whose kid wouldn't? These two cute alien characters and are flying through space on a piece of living room furniture. Talk about a hilarious way to introduce space education! The whole program plays almost like an interactive video game movie. There is lots of visual stimulation and additional links to click. Even when it wasn't their turn, my children would also sit nearby and watch the action. The repetition never got old for them.


What my children liked the most was probably my biggest problem with the program. It is too video game-ish to fit well into our no TV or video game lifestyle. I can definitely see the benefit for a family that needs some safe programing for their children. But for us it wasn't a great match and didn't fit well into our classical education curriculum.

I also found the website a bit difficult for me to navigate. Of course, I am almost completely helpless when it comes to these things. I can manage this blog and email- that's about all. Still, it seems that they should keep users like me in mind when designing the parent site and make it SUPER easy to use. It probably was designed to be easy to use, but it is not super easy to use.

Disclaimer: As a member of the TOS homeschool review group I was asked to review the Tiny Planets Website and agreed to write an honest review on my blog based on my experience.

2 comments:

Cheryl Henderson-Khalid said...

Thank you for taking the time to review our website. Thank you for your suggestion about making the Parent area Super User Friendly. If you take a peek in March I think you'll be pleasantly surprised.

Before I go, you probably didn't find it, but you'll find lots of science experiments, space facts,etc. on our blog at www.tinyplanetsblog.com

Cheryl
Community Manager
My Tiny Planets Limited

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