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Handipoints.com: Free chore charts, virtual world, and more!
Can't get your child off Webkinz or Club Penguin to do their chores? Then you should check out Handipoints.com! Handipoints.com is a free website geared toward children ages 4 to 12 that allows parents to create and manage chore charts and reward systems, as well as offering a safe, virtual world for kids to play in.
Signing up for Handipoints
is very straightforward. Simply create your username and password, and then choose how many children you'd like to add to your account. When you add a child to your account, you can also create a HandiLand Cat- the child's personal pet in the HandiLand virtual world.
Once you've created an account for you and your child, log in from the parent dashboard to create a task chart. The chore chart system is very user friendly, and older children could even create their own. There are several categories with a multitude of pre-made tasks to choose from, but you can create custom tasks as well.
Once the child has completed a task they can login to their account and check it off their chore chart. By completing tasks, two types of points can be earned, Bonus Points and Handipoints. Bonus Points are used to buy items for the child's virtual pet. Handipoints are points in which the values are established by the parent, and these points can earn the child tangible items or rewards. Parents can also give children grades on the tasks completed to ensure the tasks are being completed correctly. The better the grade, the more points your child will earn. Don't have time to grade each task? Turn on the Honor System. This will give your child a certain amount of points just for completing the task. Read more about the points system here
HandiLand is the virtual world on Handipoints.com. All members have access to HandiLand, but there is an option to upgrade to the Cool Cat Club. The subscription costing $5.95 per month gives the child the opportunity to use Bonus Points earned to buy additional clothes and furniture for his/her virtual cat. In HandiLand, cats can communicate with each other by using pre-selected messages, thoughts, and actions. There is also a Cartoon Theatre and game arcade for your child to explore.
For more information about how Handipoints can work for your family, visit Handipoints' extensive help section
February 11, 2009 by Amber Coggin
A pet cat at Handipoints.com.
A kid's task chart.
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