WebKinz – The new Beanie Babies?
Not since the Build-A-Bear Winter of 2005 has something hit our household with such massive force. If you have a daughter who can work a mouse you probably know what they are. They are THE gift to give or receive at a birthday party.
Webkinz have taken over my home and computers. My kids are constantly on any available laptop or computer hooking up with webkinz friends, buying virtual clothes and planning their next purchases, My daughter- at last count- had 9 of these furry things. How they work is you can buy the stuff animal called Webkinz or smaller version, lil’kinz. They come with secret code that lets you register your pet online at Webkinz World. There they live a virtual life.
You can noy buy cloths for your Webkinz. E. just spent 12.00 on a tiny set of pajamas. My son’s had sleepers that cost less.
From an unschooling point of view they have a had good value she chats with her friends, she calculates how much she will need for more stuff- and play with virtual money online. You can buy and trade things- also earn money to buy more virtual toys/food cloths for your pets ( by doing “homework!” )
I missed the neopets rage but I think they are similar in the way you can learn from them.
On the other hand- they are driving me crazy!!! It has been non-stop Webkin talk for about three weeks. I had a conversation today about which Webkin looked better in th polka dot pajamas (!) . She got her first Webkin about 6 months ago and the frenzy has been slowly building. I also HATE they way these kids are marketed at. They had Webkinz body spray for 6.99!!!
I really never thought I would long for the Build-A-Bear days….
webkinz site: http://www.webkinz.com/
This is what a Webkinz looks like: