The Webkinz World is part of a quickly emerging phenomena for kids on the Web; one that encourages children to be part of a virtual community and helps them to navigate through situations and circumstances that can aid them in real life. I'm pretty sure that the Webkinz World is absolutely the most popular, mostly because of the cute stuffed animal angle, and also because it's considered cool to have more than one Webkinz (in our house, we trade chores for Webkinz World time).
More sites for kids
- Free Online Games for Kids: There are a ton of exceptionally well-designed, high quality online games for kids. Here are a few that I play with my own children.
- Yahooligans: Yahoo has done an excellent job of pulling together Yahooligans, a directory of Internet sites that are kid-friendly. As stated in their online info, "each site has been carefully checked by an experienced educator to ensure the content and links are appropriate for kids aged 7-12."
- The Best Kids Sites on the Web: I've put together a comprehensive list of the best sites for kids online, organized by category.