Jump Start has been known for its quality educational games for years. Now they have an interactive online environment for children (Jump Start.com) that uses the same characters they are famous for. From making your own jumpee (avatar), to Storyland, the Theater, the Arcade and simply exploring — your 3-9 year old will have fun playing on this site. Jump Start was nice enough to offer one of my readers a 3 month full membership to their site as well as a free copy of their most updated JumpStart Kindergarten Software. The winner was contacted and is very excited to receive the prize – I thank those of you who entered and for all of my readers that took the time to check out Jump Start.com. Your comments are interspersed within this review.
When you first sign in you can alter your character that you will be using to explore the site. The best part is you can change the jumpee every time you log in and multiple times if you want. The Jumpee has many more options than some other interactive sites for making your person distinctively yours. You can edit their; hair, hat, face, shirt, pants, shoes, eyes, mouth, clothes, and color of the clothes and skin.
My daughter, Christina commented on this as one of her favorite parts about Jump Start.com:
I like Jumpstart.com because you can always change how you look. You can have different color hair, eyes, and try out different clothes for your characters each time you play.”
Feel like exploring the land to a different tune? Stop by the jukebox and find one that fits. There are many options to choose from and I know my daughter enjoys stopping here right after she has adjusted her jumpee to her liking to decide which music she will run around to that day.
Watch movies that include animation and video. Very cute and the kids enjoy the different music.
Storyland (Ages 3-5)
This is a whole other land within Jumpstart. In Storyland kids can change the look of their house, watch movies that include fun sing along music videos, go to the dressing room to change, visit the school for MANY educational games or go to the library to play with the ABC book and the books you complete. The graphics are very cute in the school games and I think they are perfect for this age group. From number and letter recognition, to concentration type games for memory, lining up smallest to biggest, sorting and puzzles – these games encompass most of what a nursery school or kindergarten child would need to know. The games have cute graphics and will have the kids playing over and over again as they continue to collect prizes.
From my reader Marilyn L:
“My 4 year old daughter loved Storyland. She has not mastered moving around with the keyboard so the ability to just use the mouse in Storyland makes it more fun for her to navigate on her own. She stayed with the games in the schoolhouse for a long time and enjoyed planting flowers outside.”
In Storyland you ask some of the jumpstart characters how you can help them. As you complete missions and games your storybooks in the library fill with color. Once completed you can read the books. As you maneuver around Storyland with the mouse you will see you can interact with many things. You have a camera you can take pictures with. You can then put any of the photos taken on the billboard. You can plant flowers, display prizes and much more. This is a perfect environment for children ages 3-5.
From Nancy W:
“My 3 year old son LOVED the theater in Storyland. They had videos of many songs from his music class including “Heads, Shoulders, Knees and Toes” and “If You’re Happy and You Know It”. I had to help him with the mouse but we had a lot of fun singing and dancing with the characters. Very cute animations.”
“My 5 year old loved the games in Storyland. It is perfect for preparing her for kindergarten for the fall. Her favorite games are the Critter Creator and Matching Ladybugs.”
Getting back to Non-Storyland activities….
Right now the arcade has two games but you can tell more are on the way. The game Dragon Playtime is GREAT for little ones. It has you taking care of your pet dragon by feeding it, playing with it and keeping it clean.
“My 4 year old son loved playing with the dragon. He liked that you can give it a ring to play with and play tug of war with it like a dog. He kept laughing at the sounds it made.”
The game Robo A GoGo is better for older children (5 and up) and is like Dance Dance Revolution. You have to push the corresponding keyboard keys as they get into their outline above to make your robot dance well. Miss and see you robot “not do so well”. The cute thing is you can design your own robot and play in multiplayer mode.
Justin said “It was cool to make my own robot — I like the silly things you can use as a hat”.
You can see from the many machines they have at the arcade that many new games are coming soon and I look forward to it.
There are other games as you wander around Jumpstart.com Wander over to the mine cart to play Ghosttown Grab. In Ghosttown Grab you run around the Ghost Town to collect bags of money – great for getting kids better at maneuvering around with the keyboard keys. You can tell by all the construction signs there is a LOT of great stuff being added to JumpStart.com. Right now there is tons of stuff to keep the 3-5 year olds busy and learning and I am sure there will be more activities for the older ones as they expand.
“Jenna really enjoyed running around getting the money bags. It was tough for her at first but then she got better at using the keyboard. I can see how this and the other games will help her develop her computer skills.” – Lisa T
The 3D environment and graphics are beautiful in JumpStart.com and you feel like you are in the story. I am looking forward to the additions to the site and thank Jump Start very much for sponsoring the contest for my readers and for offering quality content! Thank you to my readers that responded! I hope more of you will check out Jump Start.com
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