JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning 1

Common Sense Media says

Great educational games on iPad for young kids.

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What parents need to know

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.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

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.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Communication

  • listening

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

The games are challenging, but not too difficult and are full of learning opportunities for young children. While geared toward younger users, a few of the games might even appeal to slightly older children.

Learning Approach

Recognition of colors,shapes, number and letters (but not letter sounds) is the focus. The types of skills that kids develop are in line with good early childhood development.

Support

The games themeselves are thoroughly explained for children and generally easy to follow.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • memorization
  • solving puzzles
  • applying information

Communication

  • listening

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Chris Morris

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What's it about?

Kids choose from 15 mini-games, each with a specific educational focus and guided by Frankie the Dog (who appears in other JumpStart titles). In Bug Catcher, for example, kids practice color, number, and shape recognition as they search for bugs. The 15 mini-games cover 10 preschool skill areas. Along the way, kids get positive feedback and earn "Jump Stars," although they cannot do anything with the stars they earn.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

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. 

Families can talk about...

  • Offer your kid small manipulatives such as pennies and guide them as they practice counting.

  • Create your own game modeled after Present Search by hiding an object and using directional words (below, above, right, left) to help your kid find it.

App details

Device:iPad
Price:$2.99
Release date:October 20, 2010
Category:Education
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • ON: Content is age-appropriate for kids this age.
  • PAUSE: Know your child; some content may not be right for some kids.
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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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Parent of a 7 year old Written bydadadgamer October 21, 2010
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Great game for preschoolers!

My youngest loves the ipad and JumpStart, so once I saw this new game, we installed. She loves it, great content and very fun.
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