The so-called 'virtual world' has really taken off for children's technology. Virtual Worlds are great ways of combining learning and exploration with fun and games. Petra's Planet is a new virtual worldaimed at 6-11 year olds that encourages exploration of other cultures through play.
The game features four countries - Sami land, Senegal, Sri Lanka and Jordan. Children can explore the different cultures and lives of the people from each country, learning about their lifestyles, as well as discovering the different animals that live in each country, the landscape and climate.
The educational side of the virtual world is combined with mini-games (over 47 of them), quests and challenges to offer fun and encourage exploration of the world. Some of the games can be played alone, others can be played online with friends in a controlled environment.
Other players in the virtual world are visible and the site gives children the opportunity to communicate with each other but only using pre-defined phrases, signs, expressions and funny gestures to try and ensure the safety of visitors.
Petra’s Planet is free to play or membership packages are available. Alternatively, virtual items can be bought via micro transactions, called ‘Kipps’ starting at £1 for 200 Kipps or earned by reaching certain levels on quests and challenges.
Find out more about Petra's Planet at www.petrasplanet.com.