Are you familiar with the website JumpStart? Well, JumpStart is an amazing website with a whole educational world for your child to explore. They have StoryLand for 3-5 year olds. AdventureLand and MarineLand are designed for kids in kindergarten to second grade. FutureLand and Uncle Milton’s Scienceland are geared towards older children.
I am very excited to tell you though that JumpStart has some exciting new additions. They have partnered with DreamWorks and now they have a whole Madagascar land. It includes an expanded Central Park Zoo, New York City, Times Square, and Coney Island. Of course all of the Zoosters from the movie are there too.
Both of my children immediately took to JumpStart. I immediately heard excited cries of, "Look it's Alex!" and "I found Marty!" The penguins are included too. The penguins role is to give out missions for the kids to complete. They also help you track your progress along the way and help remind you of the mission objective.
My son really enjoyed the adventure and exploration aspect of the Madagascar land. I was not surprised when he really enjoyed the Hide and Seek with Mort. You get clues and have to search around and find Mort.
I noticed that while he was exploring he was clicking on signs in the Central Park Zoo and he was learning all kinds of fun facts about the animals. I think it's the mark of a great educational tool, when they are having so much fun they don't even know they are learning.
One of the missions is to use the "transmorpher" machine to disguise a tourist. You can see in the picture below you need some pretty interesting ingredients to complete the recipes. My son has been loving exploring every area to find all the ingredients he needs. The transmorpher itself allows the kids to measure out the correct amount of the different ingredients and mix it all together. It's a great little cooking lesson.
My daughter loves JumpStart too! She did a maze where you had to stay on the path of a j or an s. We are really working on her letter recognition right now. This was great practice for her. She can be a bit of a reluctant learner, but turn it into a game and she was engaged and loved it.
As a mom, there are so many things I love about JumpStart. It might just be easier to list them in bullet point
- It is a safe, structured, educational environment for kids
- JumpStart has printable worksheets to reinforce the concepts learned
- JumpStart also has a blog for parents with worksheets of the week, all the latest additions, and more
- With a membership, you can download JumpStart software to play offline
- They have mobile apps available for both iPhone and Android, to take the learning on the road.
- My kids love it and want to spend all their screen time playing educational games
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Disclosure: I was provided with a JumpStart membership at no cost 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.