By now most have heard about Webkinz being a big favorite among kids. If haven’t, probably will soon enough as they aren’t going away any time soon. Webkinz definitely has a strange name to it, but lots of fun is attached to this interactive game/pet as it isn’t just a stuffed animal. Those who watch kids and get involved know very well what these can do to a kid. And that is in a good way!
Webkinz are stuffed toys, but really are so much more. These Webkinz were first released by a company called Ganz in April of 2005. Not many expected the excitement that has ensued since that initial release. What makes them stand out from normal stuffed animals is that they have a special code sealed in their tag that allows special recipients access to the very interactive virtual website. Thus having their own virtual Webkinz pet to raise without the mess etc.
Of course this has many positives for those who can’t get a real pet or the parents just don’t want to deal with all of the hassles. Obviously not a perfect replacement to a real pet, but then again gets access to some very rare animals in the world to play with and learn about. That is the beauty of these Webkinz pets as there are so many games and learning activities for the kids to play with. For those parents and grandparents who have gotten involved, they can see how much is truly included and how much excitement can come out of their special someone to invoke a detailed conversation more than “school was okay”, etc. These Webkinz pets can spark the imagination and have even started the craze with some older kids and even adults getting involved for themselves.
Of course there is the excitement leading up to the adoption of this new friend, but it is after the adoption. When first adopted, the new pet gets named by the new owner, gets their own room, and 2000 Kinz Cash. Kinz cash is basically money in the Webkinz world to buy items for the new Webkinz Pet. It can only be used in the virtual world for the new room, clothes, or even going to Webkinz school for the new pet so they can get smarter. Along with the Kinz Cash, the new pet also receives 3 exclusive pet items.
Webkinz World has been voted best interactive gaming site for kids as there is much more to do than would expect. And to top it off, most current ones can be purchased for about $15 but have the combination of a stuffed animal and a fun and exciting/challenging game that has a wide range of activities that most kids will quickly fall in love with. Signature Webkinz do cost more because of its size and extreme popularity. Remember there are hundreds upon thousands of other parents/grandparents out there that can reach out to should you have questions, etc.
Really the best advice is to sit down with your kid and play with them or at least watch. Adults may be very tempted to want to get involved and that is okay as someone can be a kid at heart, don’t have to be all grown up forever. Remember your kids will grow up faster than you expect and as a grandparent, you already know that to be fact from the experience with your kids. So even if it is not with new Webkinz Toys, spend time with your kids and grandkids before they go off into the real world and make a place for themselves.