Competition is fun, but often playing together, or “co-play” can help create a much more rewarding experience.
“Co-play” involves working together towards a common goal rather than competition. In my house, “co-play” is most often found in building blocks, puzzles and certain platform video games where the characters work together to defeat the levels. Those are some of the best times we have as a family. It’s almost like a team-building exercise and I think we really have more fun working together than we do when there is competition involved.
No one loses and we all win.
We learn a lot about each other this way. How to support each other. What each other’s strengths and weaknesses are. Are I think it makes us a stronger family because of it.
I really think that this type of “play” is important not just for families but for kids in general with each other. Sure, learning to be a humble winner and a gracious loser is important in games involving competition but I also think it’s important that they learn to do things together towards a common goal.
Webkinz from Ganz are stuffed pets that are web-enabled to interact with an online world called Webkinz World. Webkinz World is FREE to use and is a place where kids can adopt pets, decorate rooms, go on quests, play games, take quizzes and even chat with other members (in a controlled environment).
Webkinz World has been active since 2007 and since then, many of its original users have grown up with the game. In order to help expand the family-friendly aspect of the game and provide a way for teens who grew up with it to continue to experience it, Ganz has introduced Webkinz Friends on Facebook. Some quotes from the President and Creator of Webkinz, Howard Ganz:
- “It’s the new face of co-play, where everyone can have fun in their own age-appropriate environments.”
- “Webkinz World is a family-friendly brand, and we want fans to enjoy our online world on the platforms they have embraced”
Additional information about Webkinz Friends and how it relates to Webkinz World:
- Webkinz Friends on Facebook allows users to earn and send prizes to any Webkinz World account (co-play).
- Webkinz is also launching a tablet version that will interact cross-platform in the same way Webkinz Friends does on Facebook. This tablet version is for kids and adults and allows you to earn prizes for your Webkinz World accounts.
- Webkinz Plush can be adopted within the game using a secret code.
I have to admit, the game sounds pretty fun. We haven’t used Webkinz World before, but I definitely think my kids and I will be playing on our respective, age-friendly platforms. Take a look at a screenshot: To help celebrate the launch of Webkinz Friends, Webkinz has a new line of plush called the Webkinz Rockerz pet and I get to give one away!
ENTER TO WIN A WEBKINZ ROCKERZ PET
One winner will receive one of the NEW Webkinz Rockerz Pets shown below (prize received is random).
To enter, leave a comment on this post telling me how you co-play with your kids OR why you think co-play is important, then fill out the Rafflecopter form as indicated.
Giveaway is open to the 48 U.S. contiguous states and ends on July 21, 2012 at 12:01 am EST. Winner will be selected at random from all eligible entries and will be contacted by email. Winner will have 48 hrs to respond. Please add firstname.lastname@example.org to your trusted email filter. If original winner does not claim their prize within 48 hrs, it is forfeit and a new winner will be selected promptly. Note: I received compensation from Webkinz for sharing this promotion. Prizes provided by Webkinz. Opinions expressed are my own. No purchase necessary to enter or win. Odds of winning are not increased by a purchase.