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Webkinz and and the new Webkinz Jr.

Paul Banas
Author Paul Banas
Submitted 22-08-2009

Webkinz is a fun game for kids who are less than ten years old. I think Webkinz is better than Club Penguin. On Webkinz.com, you can buy more rooms, you can send packages, you can even chose your own wall paper and flooring and much more! Webkinz has more advantages then any other computer game. Webkinz, unlike Club Penguin, has another site that is good for kids who are just starting to read. Webkinz is a fun game for all children!

By Hadley (age 9), owner of Julianna, a Webkinz Golden Retriever.

Dad’s POV: Webkinz Jr. is for pre-readers so a lot of it is easier for them to do. As a parent, I’m kind of amazed that they have the motivation to play sorting games with little “wow” factor and dead-slow animation, but it’s a testament to Webkinz that kids seem to stay intrigued. The concepts are pretty easy to grasp, so a lot can be done without mom and dad’s involvement, which may or not be a good thing.

Webkinz Jr., like the regular Webkinz cost from $20- $30. They have a “cute” factor that kids love, though adults might find they are not as well made as other plush toys. The kids are more interested in the game in this case, and I haven’t seen my kids anyway, focus to much on the similarity of their real live doll to the one featured on the screen.

Like Club Penguin, there are security features so that kids can’t chat with other kids (or adults) unlimitedly. Kids are limited to a selection of simple phrases and questions, such “hello.”

A deluxe membership will soon be available that includes more activities and a section that allows parents to track their child’s involvement with different parts of the site. It would seem that at this price, this would be included.