For more than 15 years, Knowledge Adventure has set the standard in kids’ software by creating the finest educational products for use in the home and the classroom. In addition to CD games, there is a browser-based virtual world at www.JumpStart.com for kids 3-10 years old. Kids can create avatars called Jumpeez for themselves and explore magical worlds, discovering and unlocking games, videos and storybooks that teach everything from math to reading.
My son really enjoyed creating his own Jumpeez. You can customize it to look like you, although for some reason my son wanted it to look like our neighbor. The characters are very colorful and engaging, somewhat similar to the way the avatars look on the Nintendo Wii games. The Jumpeez can interact with their pet dragon and go through these different areas and worlds like FutureLand, StoryLand, and MarineLand, which was my son’s favorite.
The JumpStart virtual world is a subscription-based game. Membership includes complete access to the virtual world, and four different downloadable JumpStart games. You can create separate accounts for up to six children under one membership, which is handy when you have children of different ages. There’s a screen where you add each child’s name, birthdate, and gender.
My one criticism would be that the game took a long time to load, which made my son very impatient. I’m not sure why this was, perhaps it had to do with my browser. I really like my son having practice with computer games, as it helps his fine motor skills and he has fun while learning at the same time.
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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.