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Toy Box: Webkinz

There's been a lot of buzz around a product called Webkinz. When I asked my niece what she wanted for Christmas, all she could say was, "Webkinz! Webkinz! Webkinz!" Being the good aunt that I am, I did my Webkinz research and I was pleasantly surprised.

Webkinz are plush little animals that you can buy at stores all over the world. Starting at $8, each doll comes with a secret code that you enter into the Webkinz website. Once your child picks the name and gender of the animal, the pet is registered on–line. Now your child can decorate the pet's room and learn how to take care of the animal. The site rates the pet's happiness based on how often the pet is fed, played with, and exercised.

For kids with allergies, like my niece, this is a great way for her to have a pet without really having one. And, she will benefit from learning all of the responsibilities that come with having a real one. Now the hard part is picking which animal to buy – a cat, dog, horse, elephant, frog, etc. Although I think an elephant might be hard to take on a walk and exercise!

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macgirl macgirl 8 years
My son named his Hippo Hannah, after Hannah Montana and the site really glitched out. It wouldn't let him use that name for her bedroom, it kept saying that it wasn't an authorized word. I tried to find a way to contact their support but it doesn't appear that they even have a support email address.
RobinFabulous RobinFabulous 8 years
Hannah got one last weekend for Christmas and she is in LOVE with it.. The clothes are very affordable, and the minature Webkins are in the $8 range
blackdiamonds blackdiamonds 8 years
I'm still looking for these little plushies. I want to get them for my nephew and niece and maybe one for myself lol.
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
I love the where's Wacky game but it is not available any more :(
macgirl macgirl 8 years
omg, I just discovered the games last week. My son wasn't understanding the bubblegum machine game so I started helping him. I finally took over as it was a lot for him to get his head around and he liked mommy racking up the points for him ;-)
JennyJen2 JennyJen2 8 years
We actually hav etwo in our house and let em tell you - teh games on the website are addictive!
macgirl macgirl 8 years
My 8 year old son has 16 of these things... mind you I have only ever purchased 1 for him. He some how suckers in his grandma's and then uses his own money on them. He is obsessed with them. All the kids at school have them and send little messages through the site to each other. It's kind of funny.
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