Webkins mania is sweeping the land and my 5 year old daughter is a proud Chihuahua carrying member! This was by far, the best $12.99 we ever invested.
When you purchase a Webkins it comes with a unique code that you register with on the Webkins website. You set your child up with a logon name and password (very easy to do) and the are off! There are so many fun activities. Every day my daughter checks on her friend, feeds her, and does her daily activites like taking a spin on the Wheel Of Wow or Mining for Gems with Artie. She also checks the job board regularly. And of course she spends a lot of time playing the games to earn Webkinz cash.
I think that the Webkinz program is fantastic. Not only is it fun for kids, (my daugter LOVES choosing new themes for her puppy's rooms) but it is very education. It has helped develop her computer skills as well has having games that are involve spelling, logic and math. But it has also helped her learn about responsibility. A few times she forgot to feed or care for her pet and she had to take her to the 'docters'.
Webkinz is a wonderful computer playground for children. We love it!