Sunday:Entertainment Review—New Web Site for Children

March 23rd, 2008 in Sunday: Entertainment Review

www.buildyourwildself.com

Could this be the coolest Internet game/website for kids? YES! I love it that much!

Avatar sites are all the rage these days, especially for kids. They have many to choose from, most tied to commercial products like dolls or whatever.

Sponsored by the New York Zoos and Aquarium & the Wildlife Conservation Society, BuiLDYouRWiLDSeLF.com is a simple, creative and fun Flash-based application in which kids can design avatars from mild to wild. You use the myriad human avatar components to come as close as possible to your own “real life look,” something like this:

build-your-wild-self-before.jpg

Then, using the simple interface, you change body parts until we get to something like this:

build-your-wild-self-after.jpg

The really neat part is that each non-human appendage is fully explained in writing in a section called, “What’s Wild About You,” offering easy-to-read insights as to what these adaptations actually do for the animals you’ve ‘borrowed’ them from. This list is accessible when you print the finished work and also on the main page of the site when you are done creating. You can download desktop wallpapers and even send your creation via email.

Kids of all ages could use this site. The very youngest ones will love it just for its sheer silliness. Older students could be tasked with “designing” a new creature to survive in a particular habitat that the teacher describes, including environment, natural resources, and other animals. Students would be able to choose details that show how the animal protects itself, gathers food, or even cares for its young. It’s really well done!

So, what are you waiting for? Head over to BuiLDYouRWiLDSeLF.com and start mutating! :)

This review was originally posted at http://www.ncs-tech.org/?p=1117 by kj
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