Considering a great deal of my day is spent on the computer, it is no wonder that my children are just as fascinated with the machines. These days, kids are growing up with tech in their hands from darn near infancy. There’s no doubt that there is a wealth of material out there for them to engage with, but as a parent it can be a bit overwhelming trying to find age appropriate sites for your kids that you can feel good about, especially for tweens.
My 9 year old Jaedyn isn’t in a hurry to talk to boys; she would much rather play dress up. That can be a hard order to fill. But after a good amount of time, and a lot of trial and error, she and I have found websites that we both recommend for the young fashionista in your household. Consider these 7 sites Jaedyn tested and Miss Lori approved.
Web Games for Young Fashionistas
My 9 year old daughter loves these websites. I hope your daughter will, too!
According to Jaedyn, on the Disney Princess Dress-Up
site you can not only see the princesses you have grown to love in movies and at theme parks, but you can dress them up as well. Visitors can make choices about the dresses, backgrounds, and accessories of the princesses, and they can add some stickers for a flourish.
As a mother I welcome the chance for my daughter to connect with the princesses in a way that feels more personal while still protecting her innocent imagination. Bonus: she can print out her design when she is done.
Jaedyn feels that Doll Divine
has unique dress up games that most websites don't have. There are different themes for each dress up game, such as fantasy, history, animals and fashion. You can get very earthie on this doll site, and you print out your creation when you are done.
As a mother, I especially appreciate the variety of skin tones available to choose from for the dolls as well as body types. I feel this site reinforces positive body image while stoking the fires of her imagination.
Jaedyn says that Monster High
is a website all about monsters going to high school for the first time. There are awesome characters, with webisodes, movies, and even books. Plus you can turn yourself into a monster. Even monsters want to be fashionable.
As a mother, I love the details that have gone into the backgrounds of each of the characters. My daughter loves to create stories, and by immersing herself in these she is learning about the ways she can build her own set of characters.
Jaedyn assures me that there are a lot more colors than just pink on this site. On Play Pink
you can find games about cooking, or even decorating. And for dress up you can create something in relation to certain celebrities like Michael Jackson, Miley Cyrus, Justin Bieber, and Ashley Tisdale, to name a few.
As a mother I find this site to be pure fun, and every kid needs that.
The Real Toothfairies
As Jaedyn always tells me, the toothfairies are real and they are faberful! The Real Toothfairies
website encourages girls young and old to spread kindness around the world. The website has games, newsletters, books and activities, all in addition to dress-up. You can even meet your own Real Toothfairy and dress just like her. There are even a few things that you can print out from the site, including letters from your very own toothfairy.
As a mother, I cannot say enough about how helpful the lessons of kindness are on this site. My daughter would typically be seen as too old for toothfairies, but they have built a world so detailed and inviting that she feels comfortable engaging in it. This site is an excellent Parenting Partner.
Jaedyn believes that any girl can be a star maker on this site. Star Doll
is a complete fashion website. It's about having your inner fashionista come out. You can design clothes, hair and jewelry. You can also get virtual hair, make-up, clothes and jewelry from the Star Doll mall.
As a mother, I can honestly say that this site has empowered my daughter to take risks with her own fashion choices on her journey to discover what really works for her. It's fun to see her try out hairdos, accessories and such, especially because it doesn't cost me anything at a real mall.
Games 2 Girls
Jaedyn says if you have a girl, this site has a game for her. Like Play Pink, on Games 2 Girls
you can dress up celebrities as well as regular people. There are also a tremendous amount of games: designing games, decortating games and cooking games. There are even fantasty games through which you can make fairies.
As a mother, I can tell you honestly if you have a long wait somewhere and can only access one site, this is the one you want. There is so much variety, it is sure to keep your child completely entertained.
We are very happy with these 7 websites, but we are always looking for more. Please share any suggestions for sites that you consider “Kid tested and Mom approved” in your household.
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