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By Susan Yudt, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 6+

Safe, creative virtual world is fun but needs better tools.

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age 5+

Based on 7 parent reviews

age 5+

A Definite Favorite

This has been one of my son's favorite sites since he was three. Although he started using it at three, it took him a while to figure out how to use the games, and I was explaining and demonstrating a lot to him to compensate. I think it's more age appropriate for 5+. With that aside, I love the creativity it brings out, as members get to draw their own pets, pet food, cars (to play games in), and even the background for the world their pets live in. Once drawn, the pets become animated (okay, they really just wiggle around, but it's cool), and are fun to interact with. You can also create multiple worlds, or unlock new drawing colors/patterns/brushes by playing the games and winning. Negatives are that some of the best features can only be unlocked with a paid membership, so if you don't feel like paying $5.95/month, then you won't have all the features.
age 3+

A great website for kids

This is a great website! It has a "Shidonni Pro" option for a small fee, but it is super fun with or without.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (7 ):
Kids say (6 ):

By letting users draw their own animals, habitats, and accessories, Shidonni puts a creative spin on virtual pet sites like Club Penguin and Webkinz. However, Shidonni's interface isn't very intuitive -- parents may have to help younger kids master the basic commands. And good luck trying to draw an animal that's more sophisticated than a bug ... or even a pet rock. Overall, Shidonni gets the thumbs-up for its creative concept and cute features -- like drawing snacks to feed your creature -- but could use an upgrade in user-friendliness.

Website Details

  • Genre: Creating
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: November 5, 2015

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