Webkinz Jr.

Website review by
Dana Anderson, Common Sense Media
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A commercial yet easy and educational site for preschoolers.

Parents say

age 4+
Based on 16 reviews

Kids say

age 4+
Based on 21 reviews

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The parents' guide to what's in this website.

Positive Messages

Kids identify their pets' moods by watching their facial expressions, as well as their hunger, sleepy, and happy meters. Age-appropriately, there's no chat or friends components on this site for kids age 3-6.

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Consumerism

You have to buy a Webkinz Jr. plush toy for about $25, or pay for a code to gain access to this site. The logo of the Webkinz parent company, GANZ, is on each page, and there's an ad for the Webkinz catalog on the main page. In the Webkinz Jr. virtual world, kids spend coins on items like clothes and furniture for their pet, which they earn by playing games. There's an extra fee for the deluxe version of the site that gives parents more reports on their child's progress in games and gives kids access to more features on the site.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that while we don't recommend kids this young play alone on the computer, WEBKINZ JR. is so easy to navigate that most 3- to 6-year-olds could easily do so. There's no reading required, and many of the games teach preschool- and kindergarten-relevant skills like shapes, letters, and numbers, as well as emotional awareness, map knowledge, and matching skills. Parents have their own login and area to set their child's skill levels and manage the account.

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User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Parent Written byEmily C. August 25, 2017

Not worth signing up for unless you want to spend money

You make an account, and Its really great, educational and great fun for my 3 year old! Then his 15 days ran out and he cried his eyes out.
Parent Written byJulia M. August 30, 2016

Fun and Educational Game For Preschoolers

This is a great educational game. Kids learn empathy by taking care of their pet and watching their facial expressions. Kids can go to the school and play lots... Continue reading
Kid, 10 years old March 21, 2018

Funny play happy lovely!

Guys it is so cute and so adorable and you select your animal!
play games and more!
Kid, 9 years old December 15, 2013

Cool And Fun For Little Kids

I played this at my age to try it out but it was kind of boring to me but to littler kids I think they would enjoy it. You can learn things and stuff. I like we... Continue reading

Is it any good?

Once you set the difficulty settings for your child's ability level on his or her WEBKINZ JR. account, this site is so easy to navigate that it takes very little if any parental assistance even for preschoolers. The same basic Webkinz world applies here, but without chat features. Each Webkinz animal -- a dog or monkey, for example -- gets its own little house, park, store, and classroom, and it's up to your child to take care of it. No doubt, this site promotes computer use at a very young age. But there are many educationally appropriate games for the pre-K and K set on this site. And the confidence they build by being able to navigate a safe, adorable, intuitive site on their own makes this site among the top picks for the youngest computer users.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the amount of screen time allowed in your home. Negotiating screen time wisely starts early. If your preschooler loves Webkinz Jr., consider offering computer time in place of one of his favorite television shows instead of adding to the amount of screen time.

  • Even though Webkinz Jr. isn't a full-fledged online world with chat features, read Common Sense Media's Parent Advice on Online Worlds for Young Kids Tips because this site does have some virtual world traits, such as spending online "money" to buy things for your virtual pet. 

Website details

  • Genre: Educational
  • Pricing structure: Free
  • Last updated: June 23, 2019

For kids who love virtual pets and playgrounds

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