My boys are a little bit younger, so I have avoided the whole “Webkinz Craze” that seems to be around.  I laugh when I visit Hallmark stores and see all the cute Webkinz behind locked glass.  I guess they are a big deal and when I was approached to check out the new Webkinz JUNIOR’s, I was intrigued.

The Webkinz Jr.’s are designed especially for children ages 3 to 6.  There is no reading and the characters talk you through the instructions and games.  There is an entire interactive World much like the original Webkinz, but for the little ones.  Webkinz Jr. has parental areas so you can set your child’s level of play, manage their account and also upgrade to the Deluxe membership which opens up more play areas and fun Webkinz merchandise.

“Santa Claus” brought each monkey boy a Webkinz Jr. of their very own:  The Giraffe, Blue Puppy and Brown Bear.  These stuffed animals are ADORABLE!  So soft and bigger than regular Webkinz, so they are perfect little friends for the young kids.  I think “my” favorite is Giraffe (who Anthony named “Bob.”).  They are so soft, I found myself petting them on more than one occasion *blush*  Each animal friend comes with a code that allows your child 1 year of online access to the fun virtual world of Webkinz Jr.

All of my boys are avid “gamers” (ha) and LOVED playing the online games with their pets.

All three boys would spend a long time navigating through the town and playing the games.  I think Anthony’s favorite game was making cakes in the bakery.

Suggestions/Improvements

While I understand the design of having it be an individual game rather than a community, I think it would be cool if children could visit their sibling’s “houses.”  All kids under one parent having access to each other.  My boys kept trying to go visit and couldn’t.  But like I said, I am sure it’s a safety feature to keep the littlest ones safe and I appreciate that.   Also, I wish the website was cookie enabled so I didn’t have to come in and log them in each time they want to play.  Again…probably a great safety feature so they can’t get online without parental consent and I should appreciate it and get over it.  lol!

All in all, I think Webkinz Jr. is a super cute site and great for the age range.  My boys have been bugging me to play it every day and like I mentioned, would sit here for hours on it if I let them.

Webkinz Jr. is widely available in Hallmark stores and other gift store retailers.  It’s easy to visit Webkinz Jr. and check out their store locator.

The really nice people at Ganz are offering one lucky ready their choice of either the Pink Dog Webkinz Jr. or the Purple Monkey Webkinz Jr.  YAY!  Aren’t they so cute?  I am wondering why I didn’t get a monkey….But lucky for you, if you win, you can have him.

First Mandatory Entry

Visit Webkinz Jr. and tell me who you think your child’s favorite pet friend would be.

Bonus Entry for This Giveaway Only

Become a Facebook Fan of Webkinz Jr.

Additional Entry Points and Contest Rules

This giveaway will end on February 15th at 10pm Pacific Time.  Winner will be notified by email and have 72 hours to reply and claim their prize before it’s forfeit and a new winner chosen.  This contest is open to residents of the US only.  Good luck!

FTC Disclosure:  I was provided 3 Webkinz Jr.’s to try out the website with my children so I could tell you what I thought about it.  The opinions are my own.