Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Jumpstart your child's brain and have fun while doing it!

Read on, there is a giveaway at the end!

I recently was given the opportunity to review the Jumpstart 3D Virtual World website.  If you are not familiar with Jumpstart, I will quote their website: 
JumpStart is an award-winning adventure-based 3D virtual world that is super-personalized, wildly imaginative and really fun, but don't let that fool you - it also teaches math, reading, and critical thinking skills so kids get a real jump start in life.
For me, Jumpstart brings back memories of the CDs for our computer - Jumpstart Preschool, 1st Grade and so on.  We had many of the CDs for our kids to play on.  But that was years ago and times have changed.  Now there is a website where the kids can go and play some fun, educational games.

I had my 6 yr. old and my 10 yr. old play a couple of the games.  My youngest's review is "I like having to answer those math questions before moving on."  That's about all one can get from a 6 yr. old, I guess.

My 10 yr. old was not as easy.  He fussed and groaned and threw a fit.  "Jumpstart is for little kids," he says.  I say, "But this website has games for older kids.  Come on, just try it for 10 minutes!"  I couldn't get him to do it.  Then, I think because it was close to bedtime and he didn't want to go to bed, he said, "Ok, ten minutes." 

He went into Futureland.  He thought the games were fun, but didn't like how areas/zones were either fun or educational games.  He would have liked a mixture of each type of game in all the areas.  I puttered around some in Futureland and liked how the questions for things like Geography, US Trivia, Math, Science, etc. were played in a way similar to Who Wants to Be a Millionaire.  I was hooked and since he was playing in the area for 10 yr. olds, I could actually answer the questions!  I am, apparently, as smart as a fifth grader, but maybe no smarter.

He stepped away after his 10 minutes and I decided to look around.  I went to an area where I could grow a Mythie, a dragon looking thing.  Of course, there were things you had to do first before you could get your egg to go to the hatchery.  I must have been sighing and whining because I am bad at video games in general.  He clearly heard me and came to the rescue.  Next thing I know, he says, "Move over" and he is running the show.  We found our 15 hearts, got our egg and got it to the hatchery.  The game then said, "Come back tomorrow to see your hatched egg."  We logged off and as he was leaving the room he said, "Do I need a password to get into that website?"  I asked him if that meant he was coming back to play and he grinned and sheepishly said, "Yes."

So both kids give the games a thumbs up.

These are just two of the gzillion areas to play and learn in.  Ok, maybe not a gzillion, but you get the idea.  There is a lot to do here for kids, and apparently parents (or at least parents like me!), too.  If you play video games like I do, though, you'll need your child to help you.

Now for the good stuff!  I am giving away a three month membership to the Jumpstart website.  A membership includes the online world and 4 downloadable games.  You can have up to 6 kids on one account!  The site has games and activities for 3 yr. olds up to 10 yr. olds, so there is something for almost everyone.

Just leave me a comment.  That's all you have to do to enter.  No crazy other stuff, BUT if you wanted to tweet about this giveaway or mention it on your own blog, that would be awesome!  Any comments that are submitted to me by midnight on Friday, Sept. 17 will be put into a random counter and one will be selected.  Only one entry per person, please.

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.


  1. I have a cranky 10 year old some days. He's a tough critic so cranky, critical = perfect test case... Mairi/Cole

  2. Could let you just give it to someone....have to make it interesting!