I'm not sure how we stumbled upon the website Moshi Monsters, but it seemed almost tailor-made for Kyla. A site where you can adopt a cute monster, feed it, cloth it, grow a garden to attract pets and make friends from all around the world.
She feel in love with it so much that we decided to splash out and get her a membership.
But I think one of the most beneficial aspects isn't the game itself, but how it has stimulated her imagination. One weekend she spent hours at the kitchen bench, hard at work creating her very own monster city. She ended up with over sixty pages of highly detailed maps and characters, and described it all at length.
They looked fabulous, but then they needed somewhere to live. So she designed a house, which we constructed together.
She glued and cut and painted and sewed. And finally she had made her very own monster house.
Unfortunately her clay figures didn't stand up to the rigours of play, so she made new ones from cardboard. (Denver is Scary, Ky was Spooky).
It just goes to show, that computer time doesn't have to be passive.