Friday, December 17, 2010

Tiny Planets Review

Tiny Planets

Ages:  Toddler to Twelve

Cost:  Free for access, Keys - 10 - $1.95, 25 - $3.95, etc.

Tiny Planets just looks like fun from the minute you arrive. The graphics are stunning and immediately draw kids in. Spaceships are flying, the planets are busy.  It is a graphical feast for the eyes.  I was extremely impressed!

See what I mean?

Bing and Bong
The premise is that there are two characters called Bing and Bong who provide kids with lots of learning opportunities. There are comics, TV programs (all with Bing and Bong), books to read, and games to play. The learning section even helps kids with their letters and numbers among other things.

I wish I had access to this site years ago. My boys, when they were younger, would have really loved playing all the games and reading the material. Being 11 and 13, they have just about outgrown this format, but, were they younger, they would have spent hours playing on the site.

I like the fact that is it secure. When a parent sets up an account for his/her child, the ID is generated by the site. The kids don’t have an option to put in their real names. My son picked the ID – Stealthy Cheetah. :-) Then the parent and child get to assign a password. Parents then create a parent account that allows him/her access to the child’s account as well as the opportunity to purchase Keys that give the child access to more content such as additional stories, books, etc. Additional books or TV shows typically cost 5 or 10 Keys.  Kids can have their friends join them online, but they are only able to communicate through scripted text – no typed in information. In today’s online world, it’s important to give kids the opportunity to understand online interaction without exposing them. I like this feature.

There were a few minor issues we noticed. The first issue we had was getting logged on. The site says – “Create your Kid Account Here. “ When you click on it, you are taken to a logon page for current users. The child can just hit Play and start playing. I thought that was a bit odd. I guess they just don’t have an account then to store their accomplishments. You have to click the “Account” arrow at the top of the screen to get to sign up. Once that hurdle is overcome, the rest is pretty intuitive.

The second was just getting used to how the site is controlled. For example, kids are asked to hit the “Return” key. Most American keyboards don’t have a Return key, but my kids quickly figured out they meant the “Enter” key. Some of the games took patience to learn to control, but the kids didn’t mind.

Overall, this is an excellent site. Younger kids will really enjoying exploring the world of Bing and Bong as they learn lessons about space, character, letter, numbers, flying their spaceship, creating their own little world, the list goes on.  It's worth taking a look!

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*** I received Keys to explore this site free of charge for my honest review.


  1. My kids enjoyed this site- even my 12 yr. old son (but I think that is because he was playing with his 7 yr. old brother). The graphics are pretty amazing..

  2. 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 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

  3. Hi April,

    Thanks again for your review. I can explain about the PLAY button. When new visitors click on the Play button that will take them into the game where they can pick up their user name and set their password. The login area is where "veteran" players can jump back into the game play.

    Please thank your sons for helping with the review. :-)


  4. 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 You can reach me at

    Thanks! Cheryl


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