Do your kids love to draw? Do they love to tinker on the computers like mommy and daddy?
Shidonni is the perfect mix of the two. It is a a virtual world for children based on the idea of drawing animals and caring for them, but with a 21st century twist.
Remember as a child how you loved to draw, whether it was people, animals, flowers, cars or airplanes? Did you ever imagine that your drawings would come to life?
Shidonni is a virtual world for children, ages 5 and up, based on the idea of drawing animals and caring for them, but with a 21st century twist.
Visitors to the site receive a blank canvas where they can draw an animal and create a background for that animal to play. After drawing their virtual pets, children play with them as they magically ‘come alive’. Children then care for, feed and play games that incorporate their animals as main characters. One user exclaimed, “I feel like Harold with the Purple Crayon.” To view Shidonni’s user experience video, click here.
Shidonni, unlike other virtual worlds, stays away from motivations that are based on money and goods. It encourages their imagination and motivates children to create animals and backgrounds. Shidonni then rewards them for their efforts by providing special effects, such as music, design effects, and more.
The site empowers kids to create their own worlds and play with them in a safe, fun environment. By providing kids with drawing tools rather than “ready made” elements, Shidonni promotes imagination, creativity and computer skills in kids ages 4 and up.
Our experience: Mr. Serious made an elephant aptly name Elly Fint. He played a chutes and ladders type game and using Elly Fint as the game piece. He really enjoyed creating his own character. (I had to use Mr. Serious instead of the kiddos. #1 can barely draw a happy face at this point.)
I made a cute little spider named Spidey. And, I totally can’t draw. And, he was still awesome when he came to life. I did a puzzle of him. This is definitely something your kids will love.
Your animations come to life; you can play games, draw them food and so much more.
You can register for Shidonni for free; it requires Microsoft’s free Silverlight plug-in which is available on the site. However, Shidonni has made available a free 3 month Shidonni Pro Account (a $16.95 value) to one of my readers. The pro account has many more fun options; click here for the Pro Account information.
Shidonni has generously offered a free 3-month Shidonni Pro Account to one of my lucky readers.
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