It all started with Peanut the Elephant and Orange the Cat. They entered our house just like any plush toy. The kids (3 and 5 year old nephews) and I sat together to begin the Webkinz registration process… pet’s name, user name, password etc.
Then the fun began.
Rooms were created, pets were fed and clothed and I left the kids to play the games in the afternoon during their allotted computer time.
A while later I began watching over their shoulders while they played, realizing I could help them earn points if I played a little too. Fast-forward eighteen months and meet Pablo the Chinchilla. He is my very own Webkinz plush toy. A birthday gift from the boys and purchased with money they’d earned themselves. You should have seen their faces when I opened it!
I’ve been served a fair dose of harassment from my sister for playing the Webkinz games, which is understandable, my kids are grown and I play even when the boys are not visiting.
I replied with a pretty convincing case for adults who play Webkinz games and it must have worked, because she’s playing a little as well.
Why I Play WebKinz and Other Grown-Ups Can Too
- Sharing a common interest with the kids in your life improves communication..
- Because I’m involved I can encourage them to earn eStore points and virtual pets for good deeds like chores, homework and acts of kindness.
- I can watch over their online behavior.
- The non-violent , easy to play games are fun at the end of the day. I’m terrible at the complicated grown up video games…they stress me out!
- Decorating a virtual room is much cheaper than redecorating my living room.
- It’s fun and I get a huge hug from two boys I love very,very much! I think I’d get the hug anyway, but you never know.