If any of you have children, I am sure you have heard of Webkinz. These cute little plush toys come with a code that can be entered into the Webkinz website, and your kids can take care of their cat, dog, unicorn (or whatever toy/pet), online as well as real life. For those of you that don’t know, Webkinz are a very successful product, you can find two or three (if not more), in anyone’s house that has children older than 5 or 6. Webkinz is now expanding their line to be more appealing to the younger bunch. Webkinz Jr. is the same concept as the original Webkinz, but the plush toy is bigger and the website is more simple for preschoolers (suggested ages 3 – 6) to use.
I received a Monkey Webkinz Jr. for review. The first thing I noticed about the Webkinz Jr. is that is was much larger than the original. My daughter loves hanging onto her large soft plush monkey, she carries him around the house and says “eee – eee – eee”, like a monkey.
Now, my daughter is still too young to use the computer on her own, but I am sure she will be learning sooner rather than later. A few years ago, before there were many websites for young kids, I recall my cousin’s 3 year old using You Tube to search for Teletubbies videos. I was absolutely amazed at how well she could use the computer, but wasn’t sure if You Tube was the best option for her. Now with something like Webkinz Jr. children can learn important computer skills on a website that is child friendly, so there is no need for parents to worry what their children could stumble upon on the internet.
The Webkinz Jr. websites allows children to take care of their virtual pet to make sure they are happy, and within the community children can learn and play (and probably not even know that they are learning things). They can have fun learning about numbers, reading, and expanding their computers skills at the same time. Parents you can make the online world age appropriate for your kids depending on their learning stage. As your children get older, you can increase the learning levels.
I think it’s great for young kids to have a safe online environment that will teach them computer skills. I also like that there is no need for parents to worry about what their kids are doing on the Webkinz Jr. website.
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