Brain Jump Pro - Brain training and education for kids with Ned the Neuron

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Fun brain games also teach the neuroscience behind them.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about neuroscience, including how to strengthen their brain power, and complete challenging activities designed to do just that. The videos use kid-friendly animation and voices, while incorporating some of the more complex language of neuroscience, to teach kids how their brains work. The games start easy and increase in challenge to tax kids' memories.They will fail, but the point is to try again, and through practice and perseverance, exercise their brains. Brain Jump packs a positive message, real science, and challenging memory games into an app that will teach and challenge people of all ages.

Ease of Play

Each activity is well-explained with an example and brief written instructions -- reading isn't required but knowing numerical order is. Each game is quite challenging and ramps up quickly.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Brain Jump - Brain training and education for kids with Ned the Neuron gives kids double the learning with two sections -- memory games that challenge their brains and short video lessons that explain the neuroscience of how brains work. Kids earn badges for completing different goals that encourage them to stick with the challenges. The videos encourage kids to persevere through challenges, using mistakes to learn even more.

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What's it about?

The name really says it all: Ned the Neuron introduces kids to neurons and how mental challenges increase their power. Another video teaches kids about neuroplasticity. Kids earn points for their “brain power meter” by watching the videos and by playing brain games. In Think Tank, kids recall where neurons appeared in grid-like window panes of a submarine. In Neurons in Space, they repeat a sequence of firing rockets, and in Wizard Match, they tap boxes in numerical order from memory. Challenges increase quickly.

Is it any good?

There are plenty of challenging puzzle and memory apps available to challenge kids and adults alike, but BRAIN JUMP offers a more complete package. It explains the science behind each game, and delivers a great message about the importance of challenging themselves by trying new things even when (especially when!) they fail at first. The animated neurons are fun, and the badge system keeps kids engaged while the 54 levels of the games challenge kids and adults of all ages. When kids make a mistake, they take one step back (or rocket back a short distance) and then try again. The game doesn't end or start over, sending kids the message that when you mess up, take a step back and try again. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about how to keep the brain healthy. Physical and mental exercise both help young brains grow and thrive -- what else is good for the brain?

  • Encourage kids to view challenges and failure positively, and encourage them to keep trying -- their brain is growing with every mistake.

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