My daughter has been on a stuffed animal kick lately and as a cute as I think plush toys are, sometimes I can help but think they can become a bit of wasted money at some point. This is why Webkinz appealed to me. My daughter would get enjoyment out of the toy aspect, while also getting some safe online time and bonuses that come with Webkinz. I was really excited to have the opportunity to check out Rockerz Webkinz Bunny and the adorable Butterscotch Retriever with her.
Each Webkinz comes with a special code that allows you to “adopt” the animal online in "Webkinz World." Once adopted, kids can care for their Webkinz by providing them with food, attention and playtime. They can also explore Webkinz World with their Webkinz, getting a job make friends, etc. Not just anyone can access all of the special Webkinz World either. You have to have the 8 digit code that comes with Webkinz plush animals.
What I liked is that I felt secure allowing my daughter to interact online in the Webkinz world as actual interaction with others is limited to the chat “clubhouses” in which parents can choose an appropriate age range for. In the first chat mode it is geared toward younger player’s allowing chat only through pre-populated phrases and actions. For older children it can be set where they can type out their own phrases, but any inappropriate content is filtered out. My daughter really appreciated being able to collect KinzCash, purchase attire, housing and more for her Webkinz. It teaches a lot of society skills, so to speak. It’s fun and very appealing to children, but not a game you, the parent, will mind too much them wanting to continuously play – which they will if they are anything like my guys.
Webkinz have also ventured over to the world of Facebook. If your children are like mine they might be fascinated by and often take over your Facebook page (with supervision) to play one or two games. The Webkinz Facebook game is similar to popular city building games. You can take over your Webkinz codes, but on Facebook they are not needed. In this game version players must build housing for their animals, commercial buildings to make money and decorations to increase the community’s “happiness” level. My children liked it, but preferred “Webkins World” as they didn’t need my permission or me to grant them special access to my page for them to play. There is also a new iPad app coming soon which I am super excited about. Playing something on the iPad always seems just that much cooler to my kids.
I’m thinking with the excitement my daughter has shown for WebkinZ they will make an excellent addition to our holiday list. There are so many types of Webkinz - some are normal pets, some wild animals, some mythical creatures, sea creatures, mini animals and more – that you can really find the perfect Webkinz match for any child. Just take a look at the Webkinz Holiday Guide. Some of these guys are super cute. So cute, I want them!
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