Kids love animals, and they’ll be sure to love the Wild Kratts online games on the Wild Kratts website. This site is an interactive PBS site for kids (6-8 years old) where they can learn about animals, science, and the natural world through games, adventures, and videos. It is based on a children’s animated series on PBS about the adventures of Chris and Martin Kratt (who are real-life people), who educate children about science through their encounters with wild animals and their habitats. The episodes, which are available directly from the site, begin with the Kratt brothers (in real-life) in the wild asking a What if question about a science concept. They then transform into animated characters, as they go on adventures finding the answer to their question.
Navigating Around the Wild Kratts Site
Wild Kratts can be accessed via KidZui’s free web browser or via Zui.com. Once you’re on the homepage, you can choose to play games, visit habitats, visit your room (which has more features with a login), or watch video clips of full episodes of Wild Kratts. You are not required to create a login or have a webcam to use the site, but having these things will give you access to more features. No e-mail is required to create a login. All you need is a username and password, which can be printed out for future reference. With the Your Room section, you are able to join the Wild Kratts team, create your own avatar, and collect Creature Power Suits and photo rewards, which are unlocked through gameplay and exploration, allowing you to further explore the habitats on the site. In order to save your avatar and suits for future continuous play, you are required to have a login.
Wild Kratts Games and Activities
The Wild Kratts site currently offers nine web games, where players can earn their Creature Power Suits and learn about different animals by assuming their identities. In Go, Cheetah, Go, you become a cheetah and can manipulate some of its features to make yourself go faster, as you strive to become the fastest that you can be. In Kickboxing Kangaroo, you kickbox and duel other kangaroos, as you must maintain your strength and energy. In Going Batty! (which requires a webcam), you have to move your body like a bat to get through the 3 levels, as your webcam captures your bat movements (There is no actual recording). Each game teaches you facts about the animal that you become, whether it’s a squirrel, remora, cheetah, firefly, caracal, draco lizard, kangaroo, or bat.
The habitats section offers five different habitats around the world, allowing players to explore and learn about the animals that live there. Putting on your Creature Power Suits, allows you to access hard-to-reach areas of the habitats. Players have to use their skills in order to navigate through the habitats.
Wild Kratts for Parents and Educators
Wild Kratts offers many free resources for parents and educators with detailed step-by-step home and classroom activities and lesson plans, as well as descriptions of each Wild Kratts online game, activity, and episode, explaining the science behind it. PBS Kids recognizes the integral role that parents and educators have in helping children to learn the skills they need in order to be successful in school and beyond.
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Renny Fong has been an educator for over 15 years, teaching pre-kindergarten through fifth grade; he currently teaches technology. His wife and his five-year-old son are his biggest joy and inspiration. He started his blog, TimeOutDad, in September 2009 and has been a contributor to Book Dads since 2010 and Prime Parents Club since 2011.