I was recently asked to review JumpStart's new Madagascar games. They must know how much Davey loves video games. I limit how much time Davey is allowed to play on screens but they great thing about JumpStart's Madagascar's games is that they are educational. I let him play these games a little longer than usual since he is learning at the same time.
JumpStart's site, you start by making a Jumpee, which is a personal avatar. Both my kids loved creating their own looks. The kids name their jumpee. JumpStart ensures that the names are safe by having players select a unique, silly name using our
Name-o-Matic, a handy tool that is pre-populated with approved names
like Zach ZanyZebra. Once you have made your Jumpee, you can start exploring the Central Park Zoo, where you will find lots of the characters from Madagascar. My kids were very excited to see those familiar faces.
I suggest you read the game guide. We were a little confused at first how to navigate this virtual world. Once I read the guide, we were all set. Davey would roam around Central Park Zoo to see the animals and people for hours if I let him. I usually help show him how to start a game.
Davey is 5 years old and Caitlin is 7 years old. Their favorite place in the game is AdventureLand and MarineLand. . It is designed for ages 5-8. It teach over 150 fundamental skills with more than 100 games. Major skills taught include reading, math, writing, thinking, and art. Caitlin loves the virtually painting on the screen. Davey loves exploring the underwater world. He completes reading, math, and critical thinking missions to defeat the Punk Punks.
Although Davey is in kindergarten, he still really likes StoryLand. StoryLand is designed for preschoolers. The kids can read a story with Frankie and his friends. They will learn to identify letters, numbers and shapes and
meet friendly characters while playing fun games!
FutureLand is designed for kids 8-11. My kids are a little young for these games. FutureLand offers more than 140 missions, games, puzzles and challenges
that help kids practice critical thinking skills.I'm sure Caitlin will try these games out very soon.
Caitlin is studying the solar system in school. Uncle Milton’s Amazing ScienceLand challenges her to learn facts about the solar system and many other science subjects.. Any thing that makes learning fun is awesome in my book.
Overall I think JumpStart's Madagascar area is educational, fun, and attention holding. A parent can feel good about their children playing these games because they are learning while they are having fun.