A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
Kids can learn about colors and shapes and practice number and letter recognition (but not letter sounds) in this fun, age-appropriate learning app. Mini-games also touch on the value of listening closely to directions, memory skills, and more. For kids who have previous experience with the JumpStart brand, the cast of familiar characters may bring them added enjoyment. Fun choices and a variety of games make up for the lack of a parents' section to track kids' progress.
Ease of Play
The games themeselves are thoroughly explained for children and generally easy to follow. One game -- Barnyard Fun -- though occasionally throws in a trick question that could frustrate kids. Navigating the app can be a little tricky.
Products & Purchases
Afer users earn a certain number of stars, they receive a code to unlock a special feature at JumpStart's website, which encourages kids to become members. The Website URL is also prominently displayed on the initial screen users see.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning 1 is an educational app from the well-known early education organization Knowledge Adventures. This app -- the company's first -- offers four different types of games. Bug Catcher focuses on color, shape, and number recognition. Present Search teaches children to listen closely and follow instructions. Matching Duckies is a memory game that uncovers a picture (which comes with a safety or educational message). And Barnyard Fun helps kids identify uppercase and lowercase letters.
Is It Any Good?
Knowledge Adventure has a strong reputation as a kid's software creator for a reason. Through the JumpStart brand, the company has honed learning exercises into fun games - and the JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning 1 proudly continues that tradition. The games are challenging, but not too difficult and are full of educational opportunities for young children. While geared toward younger users, a few of the games -- especially Bug Catcher -- might even appeal to slightly older children.
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