Review and Giveaway: Knowledge Adventure Online Games

Sometimes I need a little peace and quiet but feel slightly guilty about putting my kiddos in front of the TV (I said ‘sometimes’ – other times I don’t feel any guilt about turning on a little Spongebob or ICarly) On the days I’m feeling especially mother of the year-ish, I try to find activities for the kids to do that are both fun AND educational. I know – I’m awesome like that. It’s just how I roll.
My kids and I were recently given the opportunity to check out a cool kids website, http://www.jumpstart.com/ that we think IS both fun and educational. Let’s call it – “Fudcational”. Knowledge Adventure created this virtual world for kids ages three to 10 years old where they can create their own avatars and explore magical worlds, discovering and unlocking games, videos and storybooks that teach them about subjects including math and reading. (Without them really knowing that they are actually learning stuff. Which is sometimes key to the “Fun” part of Fudcational.)

The company told me that they constantly add more features, portals and learning games to the site, so there’s always something different to do. My nine-year-old son, Jackson loved the fact that because of how it was designed you never “finish it”.

“With some games once you win, you’re done – but with this you know you’ll always have something new to check-out whenever you log-on” he said.

You can design your own avatar…and name it!

He is wise above his years.

I was a little skeptical about a website that claimed to appeal to both my five-year-old daughter AND my nine-year-old son…they are worlds apart in their “gaming” skills. But there are many places to explore once you launch JumpStart. The first is an area called StoryLand, aimed at 3-5 year olds, and Annie loved it here. She was able to design her own “jumpeez”, which is the character she named “Olivia Brave Daisy”, and within about 20 minutes was able to navigate throughout the land all by herself. YAY!

She spent a lot of time in the art house where she could paint pictures and in the movie house where she could sing and dance to songs like “Head, shoulders, knees and toes!” She adopted a pet in one area and it followed her along to other areas. Very cute.
 
They also have AdventureLand and MarineLand, designed for kids in kindergarten to second grade and FutureLand, geared towards older children. Jackson hung out in this area a lot and liked the Industrial Zone. His jumpeez had a glider outfit so he could fly around. He thought the Buggy racer was pretty fun and the Ghost Town Grab game was challenging and cool.
 
JumpStart also just launched what is now their most popular area, the Enchanted Sanctuary, where kids can hatch and raise their own dragons…which satisfies their “I want a pet” desires without me having to run to the pet store for new goldfish every week.

They add fun seasonal things to the site often!
We all really liked the seasonal play areas (in the winter they could throw virtual snowballs and right now they have Valentine’s Day themed attractions). Parents can visit the JumpStart Blog at http://blog.jumpstart.com for information about the latest additions to the game.
You wanna try it out? How about for FREE?! The great folks at Knowledge Adventure/JumpStart have given me a three-month membership to give away to a lucky “Still Living The Dream” reader (that’s you, silly!) just in time for Valentine’s Day. Just a little way for me to say, hey – I love ya!
The membership includes access for six kids, unlimited access to Jumpstart.com, Mathblaster.com (the new virtual world for kids 6-12) and 4 downloadable games. All you have to do is leave a comment about how you would spend some quiet time while your kids are playing JumpStart. I’ll pick one randomly on February 14th. Isn’t that cool?

FutureLand





Counting game in StoryLand
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.








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  1. 1
    Tanya Avery says:

    How would I spend quiet time? Well, assuming I don't have to get up every five minutes, "mom, can you help me? mom, I can't do it" then I would probably catch up on all those romance novels… 🙂

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    beke says:

    free time- quiet time. Ha! I laugh, there is no such thing, I quit believing in fairy tales two kids ago…….

    But should the Quiet Fairy come to visit my house, I think I'd snag me a nap.

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    Ponn Sabra says:

    Jenn–Awesome, extremely thorough review! What's absolutely incredible is that every single month they have themed games that also keeps things VERY fresh for the kids. You should totally become a FB Fan, as their community is filled with wonderful parents and kid teams that eagerly share tips and tools. Last, they always run incredibly funcational contests too, like their "create a magical creature" that they make as a real virtual character too. We've been using Knowledge Adventure products for over 7 years now–so, there's much more funcational experiences yet for your family to explore. If my comment is chosen, please re-pick and let other interested families enjoy their incredible products!
    Hugz 😉

  4. 4
    Julie Fitzpatrick says:

    Curl up on the couch and catch up on my DVR'ed flicks! 🙂

  5. 5
    mverno says:

    probably in front of the fireplace with a good book
    mverno@roadrunner.com

  6. 6
    Laurke says:

    I would read more books/blogs in the winter…if it ever warms up I'll spend more time in the yard!

  7. 7
    A (Daily) Woman says:

    I would spend my quiet time blogging

  8. 8
    soccer_nsa says:

    I would love to win this for my little brother and sister and give my mom some quiet time!

    mamavresale@yahoo.com

  9. 9
    Nikki says:

    I would spend my quiet time reading, I have a stack of books I want to get through!

  10. 10
    Susanmeep says:

    with my free time I try to read 🙂 suelee1998 @ gmail.com

  11. 11
    Renee says:

    I would catch up on some craft projects of my own that I've been putting off.

    yeloechikee at hotmail dot com

  12. 12
    Karen says:

    Rachel has been going on this site for about a month now and loves it!!

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