Several years ago, when my oldest was about 2 we picked up this Jump Start PC game that he loved! We had one for Preschool and K, which was a lot of fun. The best thing was he figured it out without having any real trouble.
When I look for games for the kids, they need to be educational of course, but they also need to be Kid Friendly. What I mean is, I don’t want to have to stand there telling my kids how to play the game. It’s supposed to be interactive for them, so they can learn. JumpStart makes a lot of these wonderful games, and while a few areas do need a little help from the parents, my kids have been able to start a lot of the games and know what to do without many directions from me. Which brings me to something really exciting that I must share with you!
JumpStart.com has launched a 3D Virtual World for kids! With many different interactive games to get the kids involved and challenged all at once, JumpStart brings adventure and fun into one place.
The first thing the kids get to do is build their own person, a Jumpee. It’s too fun, they even get to pick names like “David VolcanoGater”.
The kids got a kick out of those, it’s putting different combinations of words together, and they get to pick which ever is silliest. I bet my name would have been “Mom SuperWoman”, with a cape, and flying abilities right along with it!
Once you create your person you get to explore the The 3d Virtual world! There’s a big map where the kids pick where they want to start, and always directions before you start in the area.
We haven’t even seen half of what the Virtual World has, it’s a lot, which is great. The kids can explore on their own. While your walking around in each area, there’s a guiding voice to tell you what you can do , Select an area or go back.
When your in each world as well if your supposed to do something a “Mission” it was let you know, and even show you before you begin. If ever the child isn’t sure what to do, you click on the a Character and it’ll again tell you what you can do, or what your mission is. I like the way it guides the kids, but it’s also not talking none stop, which in other games is very annoying to listen to.
My kids like all the worlds, I don’t think they have a favorite as they check each one daily. I do like the Science area, it’s got giant ants that are walking around, when you click on it, it’ll give you a fun fact. They also have an Aquarium where you can hatch eggs and feed the fish after it grows. They haven’t gotten big enough to release yet, but it’s fun to see the kids guess what will happen next.
Future Land is also fun!
There’s so much to explore and so much fun around every corner, I would definitely put my money forwards to any of the JumpStart games in a flash you can check them out all right here.
Here’s some pretty neat screen shots,
This is in Windy Hollows
“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.”