My youngest son has had his share of school work struggles. It’s nothing major, but he always seems to be just a step behind where he needs to be or just plain disinterested in his studies. I’m always on the lookout for engaging activities that will be fun for him but also teach him something or reinforce basic skills that he has already learned.
Like most kids, my son loves computer games. If I can find something online that is fun and educational, it’s a win-win situation for us both. I recently learned about a site called Tropic Mind. It’s a virtual world where kids can go to play and learn.
At Tropic Mind, kids can take part in educational games, watch cartoons, decorate their own character and tropical island, and interact with other kids. Tropic Mind is made up of many different islands, each representing a unique educational area. Kids travel from island to island in their own little boat (complete with its own boat engine sounds, which I thought was a very cool feature). The content at Tropic Mind was created by a group of experienced teachers and educators with more than 20 years of experience.
When you get to the various islands, you have the option of playing games and/or watching cartoons. By taking part in these activities, you can earn Tropic Coins which can be used for buying furniture, clothing, or other accessories for your character and island. Some educational topics that can be found on the islands include geography, human body and health, world history, astronomy, math and geometry, ecology, and more. There are many different cartoons to watch that are short and informative. I like the fact that both the games and the cartoons are not too lengthy – this makes it much more likely to hold my son’s attention. I also appreciate the helpful tutorial that is available when you visit the site for the first time.
There’s another interactive component to Tropic Mind. Kids can connect with their friends by posting comments, sending messages or gifts, and sharing virtual items. But, safety always comes first and Tropic Mind closely monitors this activity. Any messages or comments must first go through a language filter before they are allowed to be published. Tropic Mind provides both free and paid membership options. Kids can always play and explore a part of Tropic Mind for free. But, if you would like access to more content and member-only activities, you can join via the paid membership. Costs are $5.95 for one month, $29.95 for six months, or $49.95 for twelve months. If you choose the paid membership, you may cancel at any time.
My son and I tried out Tropic Mind. We found it easy to navigate and the games easy to understand. I especially liked the educational cartoons – they are great! It’s noted that this site is for kids ages 6-12. My son is age 11, and while he enjoyed it, we both felt that it is probably better suited for kids slightly younger than him. Overall, I was impressed with the quality of the content and the educational topics that are covered throughout the site. If you have kids who are in the 6-12 age range, I encourage you to visit Tropic Mind and give it a try.
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This is a compensated post, however, I was not obligated to write a positive review. All opinions expressed in this post are my own and may differ from others.