This review is for the computer plush animals by Ganz.
I first came across these when I saw them in a Hallmark store. I love polar bears, knew nothing about what they did, but purchased it to try it. Did I tell you that I am 35? You can buy larger webkinz for around $13, and smaller webkinz for around $10.
These are wonderful!!! When you purchase your webkinz, you also get a secret code. When you get onto the webkinz site, you enter the code, "adopting" your animal. Magically, your animal is digitized on the screen and they have their own room in your house that you can decorate and play with them. They can socialize with other animals, challenge other animals in arcade games. By playing game, trivia and selling things, you gain points. This teaches kids about the responsibily of money. You also have to feed your animal, which is geared towards healthy eating. It is a safe environment for kids, as there are chat rooms, but the responses are preset.
My neighbor is in her 60's, she just bought a computer. She has never had one, and I thought this would be a nice gift to maybe help her get around on the computer. I purchased her a small basset hound. She opened her present, kind of looked at me funny. After I explained what it was about, she seemed hesitant, but tried it. That was about 6 months ago, she now owns 12 animals and gets no housework or yardwork done, and of course it is my fault. It is addicting because it is so fun.
I definately recommend these, not only for kids but for any age. The games are a blast and there is trivia that is so much fun. For practcally the price of a movie ticket, one of these will give you alot more satisfaction.
You do however, within a year have to make another "adoption" or the room will be wiped clean of all of the items that you have purcased. Believe me, I doubt you will only buy 1. My husband and I have a total of 5 now. Give it a try and enjoy!!!