Webkinz is a an online game for kids who want a virtual pet. Children adopt and name their pets and communicate with them to determine how they are doing. In addition, there are lots of games to choose from in the Games Arcade.
Reading Skills - This game encourages reading skills as a lot of the information in this game is written and children need to have that skill before they can play alone. From reading the news to reading what their pet has to say, it all encourages reading skills.
Hand Eye Coordination - Children are encouraged to decorate their "den" and change their outfit. Moving items around with a mouse and placing them in the designated areas encourage hand eye coordination. The games in the Games Arcade require specific movement as well that can sharpen this skill.
Typing Skills - Games like Lunch Letters helps children to learn how to type and spell. It can be found in the Arcade.
Spelling - We found a few arcade games, that offered some educational value. Lunch Letters helps children to learn how to type and spell while Quizzy's Word Challenge aids in spelling.
The Value of Money - Your child can learn about the value of money in Webkinz World. By earning KinzCash, your child can learn how to save and spend money.
General Knowledge - There is a quiz corner where your child can take part in a daily special quiz, as well as answer questions on a wide variety of topics. There are also useful little pieces of information after each question.
Less Educational Aspects
Coin Collecting - Children are given coins for tasks completed or a game played well. These points translate into currency which are then used to purchase things. Keep an eye out that the child does not obsess about this aspect of the game.
Most of the Arcade Games - Most of the games we encountered while playing Webkinz in the Arcade were truly arcade level games. Besides maybe some hand eye coordination most of them were of no educational value.
Pet Adoption - Children begin their time on Webkinz by adopting a pet and naming it. The child is then responsible for the pet. They can find out when they are hungry, happy and what their health is by choosing these questions from a list of multiple choice. They are expected to read the answers that their pet provides.
What Kids Are Saying
Liam, a 6 year old boy who tested the game thought it was not very fun to play. He did not enjoy the arcade games very much.
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