In an article by Allison Merlino, she writes, “There are various educational benefits to taking care of your virtual pet online. The concept of care taking maintenance is exercised in that the child feeds, bathes and plays with their pet in order to increase it’s happiness. The child also must learn to prioritize “spending” and earn the “cash” needed to purchase items for their pet.
In a toy review, they say Webkinz are everything that the company promises – the company is Ganz. “Overall, this kid-focused web portal seems to be everything it advertises: a safe and educational site for kids,” they say.
But this week, Katie has rediscovered her love. And it is layered with a whole new understanding. At 10 (rather than 8) she’s much more tuned into money – earning and spending – and weighing the value of things based on their cost. She’s more interested in “having a job” and earning extra money.
So I guess I will let the fun keep going. I was encouraged as she dragged each of her Webkinz to the doctor (for a checkup) and stopped the activity long enough to brush each animal’s teeth. I think a few also got a bath and a shampoo.
Now if she’d just treat me that well! My feet could use a good rub!