My oldest daughter, Mackenzie, has been playing Jump Start computer games since she first learned how to work a mouse. They have always been a favorite of hers. My youngest hasn't had the pleasure of their games because we switched entirely to Mac computers and all of our games were for the pc. So when Jump Start contacted me asking if we'd like to review their Virtual Online World and there were shouts of joy throughout the house. They had both seen the commercials on tv and were dying to try it out.
About Jump Start Online
From the website:
JumpStart is a magical online world packed with friends, games and adventures! From training dragons to exploring lost islands, JumpStart.com includes thousands of games and activities for kids ages 3-12. But what really sets JumpStart apart is our commitment to education. We believe that learning should be an adventure, not a chore. That’s why the games at JumpStart.com are specially designed to make math, reading and critical thinking fun! After all, there’s no stopping a kid with a JumpStart!
By presenting a virtual world for kids, online virtual games give kids the opportunity to escape reality for a while and live it up in a virtual reality world. But these virtual worlds have proved to be beneficial for kids of all ages! With the number and kind of online virtual games available today, kids are learning about various things through these virtual worlds. From taking up avatars that represent them in the virtual world to carrying out various educational tasks and activities, virtual online games give kids to opportunity to express themselves. Be it virtual car games, pet games or adventure games, there are options for kids of all interests.
Today, with the impressive advancements in technology and the increasing popularity of online virtual games among kids, educational activities have also become an integral part of online games. Interactive in nature, online virtual games encourage kids to learn in a virtual reality setting that they can enjoy in the comforts of their home. Virtual worlds give kids the opportunity to carry out assignments and projects and learn new things.
It has been wonderful. There are games for children of all ages. Seeing as I have a four year old and a ten year old, that is great news! There is a ton of games for both of them. They were both able to create their own character under our one account. In fact, you can create up to six. How awesome is that for families with several children?
The set up was ridiculously simple. Just create an account and then the kids can start creating their Jumpee. It was easy enough that I didn't even need my 11 year old to explain it to me. Mackenzie quickly got her and her sister up and running. They were able to choose how their Jumpee looked and name it. The name selection is set up in such a way that your child is not using their real names. Safety first with Jump Start!
Once that is done they are ready to start exploring. There are more than ten different areas for them to explore. I spent the most time in Story Land, with my preschooler. Story Land is meant for ages 3-5 and they work on basic preschool skills such as letters, shapes, and numbers all while meeting wonderful new friends. The controls here can be set to the mouse only, which is perfect for a preschooler. Kayleigh just has to point and click in the direction she wants to go and off her Jumpee goes. It is super easy for her to navigate. When your preschooler completes activities they earn story book pages. When they collect all the pages to a particular book, they will find it in the library and will then be able to read it.
There are also TONS of different activities for older children. There are arcade games, learning games, racing games, flying games, treasure hunting games. Pretty much anything you could think of. Mackenzie's favorite area is Windy Hollows, which is a magical area reminiscent of Harry Potter. You can make potions, fly on brooms, cast "spells" on other Jumpees. Marine Land was another favorite for Mackenzie. You get to complete underwater quests to earn pieces of sand dollars. When you have collected 15 complete sand dollars, they make you an honorary mer-maid. Mackenize is hooked!
Online gaming isn't all the site has to offer. Jump Start also offers worksheets, holiday activities, and lesson plans. A wealth of resources at your finger tips. You can see all that Jump Start has to offer by clicking HERE. Want to know whats up and coming with the company? Be sure to visit their blog.
The Exciting News
Guess what? Jump Start has graciously offered one of my readers a FREE three-month membership to Jump Start online. How awesome! Just enter by following the instructions below. You can enter up to seven times.
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Membership Pricing: $8.99/month, $74.99/year, or $149.99/lifetime
And your membership includes complete access to MathBlaster.com
Disclosure: I was provided with a JumpStart membership at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.”