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August 11, 2010

Wiglington & Wenks- A Virtual World for Kids

The Travels of Wiglington and Wenks Virtual World - a massively fun online virtual world for kids (6 and up) that allows them to travel to places around the world, through time and space, meet famous historical people, play games, own exotic islands, build culture-inspired houses, wear cool costumes or create their own clothing while exploring secret locations and solving ancient mysteries.  Whew!

We had a free trial membership to test this virtual world out and as soon as we logged on my four year-old daughter became entranced.  It's vibrant and exciting to enter the world of Wiglington and Wenks. We created a character to look like her and in under ten minutes we had started our journey.  However, it quickly became clear that this was a bit too advanced for her four year-old self.  There is reading required and an overall thought process and game playing that she has not achieved yet.  I think ages six or even eight would prefer this game and really enjoy all it has to offer while becoming a legendary traveler. View a video presentation here.

While on Wiglington and Wenks your kid can be part of the only virtual world which allows kids to travel and explore locations around the world. There are more than 200 virtual world scenes with more coming later this year. It's all very educational too.  They learn about historical figures from all over, many countries, inventions, plant life, animals and even environmental issues.  Despite being too young for the site overall my daughter loved browsing through the site with my help and seeing all it had to offer.  She loved picking a country to visit as well as learning about historical people.

Don't just take my word for it though- “Wiglington and Wenks is so much more than your standard virtual world, it has a rich story line with well developed characters, plot, mystery, and quests. Students are dropped into the story and invited to participate, learning through exploration, problem solving, and critical thinking.” - Winner of the Edublog Award 2009

MPR Rating:  Four Stars.

Giveaway Alert!  Five readers will get one month complimentary memberships as well as some sponsored virtual items to Wiglington and Wenks!  Just comment to enter and follow this here blog as well.  Already a follower?  Simply comment to enter. I'll choose five winners next Wednesday, August 18, 2010. 

Disclaimer:  MPR was not paid for this post.  All products received are for review and testing purposes only.  Opinions are those of MPR only.


LLebresco said...

I would love to try it out! My son's been into JumpStart for a while now but I'd love to introduce him to something new. This looks cool!