Moshi Monsters takes a very different spin on kid’s computer games and the recent inundation of interactive social networking sites for children. The games are educational and the environment silly, entertaining, safe and fun at the same time. For parents, they have a thorough description of their site and their commitment to education and safety of children on their site. This is a QUALITY networking site for children to play games and learn. As you might have guessed by the name – it is about monsters… but not scary ones – very cute ones that you adopt when you join. There are free and paid membership options and my children have been very pleased with all you ARE allowed to do with the free membership. You need permission from a parent to join — another way they ensure safety. It is a pleasure to bring you a peak at what Moshi Monsters has to offer.
Overview of Moshi Monsters
Moshi Monsters is similar to the other social networking sites for kids in that you adopt a pet (in this case a monster) and have to look after it and add things to its house. There is the map that you can wander around playing games, exploring and taking hints from your monster as to what to do next. There are stores to buy stuff from and a few of the games I liked when I was exploring were:
Similar to a Diner Dash – type Game. Clients come in and you need to give them the correct ice cream cone in a timely fashion. The possible variations and toppings increase as you move forward levels. This game is great for teaching children attention to detail and how to teach them logically the most efficient way to go about the task. Fun for all ages although I would say ages 6 and up have less of a chance of getting frustrated!
A similar game to Tap Tap Revenge. Make your monster do some cool moves by pressing the correct arrow key as they come into the circled area. This helps with musical timing as well as dexterity. These games are very popular with kids. This has 3 different levels and many different songs for each level -the more you play the more songs you can unlock.
Those are just two of the many games I found when I was wandering around. You can also play games from your room by clicking on the Puzzles button. You can play the Daily Challenge which will give you more “Rox” for finishing or you can play many different puzzles ALL of which are educational. You do need to read to play most of these so I would say ages 6 and up or earlier if you have an early reader or will help your child understand the rules. Each puzzle games can only be played once that day and your high score is listed as shown here.
The puzzles are all unique but all are fast and require quick thinking. Jig Saw Jam is a good example of what you will find in their puzzle section. Children can develop MANY different educational skills by playing the various puzzles Moshi Monsters has to offer.
Moshi Monsters is a step ahead of many of social networking sites for kids. It is safe, it is fun AND it is educational. My kids (6 and 10) BOTH love this site and have fun exploring and do not think of the educational games as boring at ALL. In fact they gravitate toward them and THAT is a gift for parents who want their children to learn as they play instead of just kill time.
As you play Moshi Monsters your level goes up and you unlock more and more games and things to buy. This keeps the children wanting to play more not even realizing they are learning simultaneously. I love the structure, layout, graphics and safety of Moshi Monsters. I highly recommend this site to parents and kids for fun and educational computer games and the experience as a whole.
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