Monday, July 20, 2009

JumpStart Virtual World Review and Giveaway


My oldest son (now 16) grew up on JumpStart products. At the age of 3 he was playing JumpStart Preschool. For 15 years Knowledge Adventure has been developing children's educational software. We've been with them almost since the beginning. They now have a 3D Virtual World online that my youngest son has been experimenting with.

I'm a big fan of educational software for kids. Since computers aren't going anywhere soon, it is a great way for little ones to get used to simple keyboarding skills while having fun and learning all at the same time. Your child can explore through Storyland (ages 3 - 5) and Adventure Land (ages 5 - 7) visiting friends such as Frankie, CJ, and Hops.

The downside of reviewing the new online environment? My 5 year old has been competing with me for use of my laptop! He loves the virtual world and enjoys all the places he has to discover. He especially liked designing his character (but he didn't like his shirt choices - he is pretty picky about clothes). He is funny, he really wants to jump in the water and swim, but so far the program hasn't allowed him to do that....

One of my favorite places to visit is the JumpStart Blog for parents. Here you can find learning tips and other great things to keep your child's learning interactive. There are project suggestions of fun things to do with your child such as sponge painting and sing-alongs.

For parents who prefer owning software and not working online - maybe because you have a slower internet connection, don't worry. JumpStart still carries actual software too.

It is never too early to learn and JumpStart wants to offer your child to play in their virtual world! One lucky reader will win a 3-month subscription to the online environment for their child(ren). Each child in the household can have their own profile - no sharing necessary.

THE GIVEAWAY: Visit JumpStart and tell me about something that looks interesting to you that I did not mention in my review. Leave a comment below with your contact information.

Additional entries can be earned by:
2. Follow my blog or if you are already following - tell me who you are. (1 entry)
3. Blog about this and link back to me or email 5 friends about this giveaway copying me on the email. (5 entries)
4. Follow JumpStart @JumpStart_erin and me on twitter @lisasamples and tweet this contest leaving me a link. (1 entry per tweet/2 tweets per day) Please leave time between tweets.
5. Add my button to your blog and let me know where I can find it. (1 entry)
6. Come join my newest site, The Product Review Place! Tell me your user name after you register in your comments. (3 entries)

This giveaway will end July 31th at 11:59 pm EST. Winners will be determined by Random.org and will have 48 hours to send contact information to lisa(dot)samples@gmail.com. It is mandatory to leave your email address in your first comment because I need to be able to contact you.

Disclosure: I received product for this review but no other form of compensation and my voice was not influenced by receiving this game.

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