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Webkinz game-playing activities for grandparents and their grandchildren are so much fun. I enjoy doing it with my up-close grandkids AND we’ve discovered it also makes for fun ideas ideas for grandparents to stay in touch and close to many of our grandchildren when living far away, depending on their ages and abilities.
Last week, I detailed buying buying your own Webkinz stuffed animals along with a Webkinz for each of your grandchildren and suggested getting them to match the "Love is" Bible Memory verses series we’ve been working on. Combining 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8 and 13 – Love is patient and kind and… – with a fun time of playing with the grandkids, near and far, can be a terrific way of “sealing” in those inspirational Bible verses. I already have the Webkinz elephant to help us remember Love…it does not keep a record of wrongs. For my next stuffed animal, I’m thinking of a cute Webkinz Penguin to help us remember Love is Kind! 🙂
Today, we are going to discuss how to play Webkinz tournament games with our grandkids – near and far, step by step. If your grandchild is new to Webkinz also, tell them what to do as you are doing it. Make sure to keep reminding them, "don’t get ahead of me, sweetie. Do JUST what I tell you to do." If they push the wrong button, it can mean having to leave Webkinz and starting over, just to keep from being to confusing. And that can be a tad frustrating to some. I have been able to do this successfully with my six and seven year old granddaughters. Different grandchildren have different skill levels. We just have to experiment with each to see when they are ready to try this. When you and they are:
1. Open Webkinz and log in.
2. Determine which zone they are in, and get in the same zone.
3. Click on things to do.
4. In the middle column, under ARCADE, click on tournament arena.
5. In the left column, click on PVP play.
6. Click on the game you want to play.
7. Scroll down on the LEFT column and select the game you want. My older grandkids love checkers. For the younger ones, Rock, Paper, Scissors, Webkinz SuperModel, or Chef Challenge work well. For the most part, if you don’t know how to play a specific game, don’t worry. Once in the game, they almost all have very easy directions, with a couple of exceptions. One exception is Goober's Atomicolicious. It's not only HARD to spell, I just couldn't figure out how to play it even after reading the directions twice. The really sad part – my 7 year old granddaughter can play it just fine! Switcherooz was tough for me to understand because the directions didn't show clearly. The funny part is that my granddaughter again understood it ok and I was able to kind of figure it out and even won. Go figure. 🙂
8. You should see your grandchild’s name on the right side – and it should look something like this:
If not, you aren't in the same zone and you will need to go back to last week’s directions in Webkinz Stuffed and Virtual Animals – Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren – Part 1 for getting in the right zone.
(Basically, at that point, click the cell phone at the bottom, have your grandchild click zone, tell you what color their phone is (if they say grey, tell them to hit power) then you click on zone and select the same color. )
9. Assuming you ARE seeing their name and it’s ready for play, your grandchild should then see a notice you have invited them to play. IF they have waited patiently (good to remind them that Love is patient), they can then click on the button to accept and you’ll both be “put into” the game. IF they forgot and clicked too soon, they may find they are playing someone else (an anonymous player) not you. I have one sweetie that happens to a lot, she just gets so excited. 🙂 If that happens, tell them to click the x in the top right box. If they absolutely can’t find that, they sometimes have to log out and then log back in. Then just go through the steps again.
10. Play the game and have fun. When one of you wins, you'll see a screen similar to this with the Webkinz money each of you won.
The first few times, like most everything else in life, are the hardest. After a while it gets quite easy and a lot of fun. You might want to set up a regular weekly or monthly time to do this. Or just play it by ear. Sometimes they will call and I have to explain I’m not home, or I can’t play right now, and they are fine with that. But when you can, it’s definitely worth learning all this! You should have heard the giggles from my little granddaughter this morning. (My senior mom and I had to chuckle though. This cute little grandchild called my mom later in the day and asked if Great-grandma would like to play a game. She was so puzzled when Great-grandma explained she did not have a computer and did not want one. "But Grandma, we could have so much fun playing games together," she said. Great-grandma wisely pointed out they would save the computer games for Grandma Kaye and they would enjoy other things like talking about stickers. 🙂 )
After you are all done playing, if you stay on the phone, you might want to encourage them to learn how to earn Webkinz money by working through some of the daily activities with them. For more on that, check out Webkinz Stuffed and Virtual Animals Activities for Grandparents and Their Grandchildren – Part 3, and I'll show you those fun activities for Sandwich Generation grandparents and their grandchildren in more detail. Then, you and your grandkids will have a grand time making your own fun family Webkinz memories together! 🙂
P.S. Would you like me to make buying a Webkinz stuffed animal for your own grandkids and yourself ultra easy. Just click here for a very cute Webkinz Pug who looks quite patient and kind. 🙂