A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What 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'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?
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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- Device: iPad
- Subjects: Language & Reading: letter or word recognition
- Skills: Thinking & Reasoning: applying information, memorization, solving puzzles
- Price: $2.99
- Release date: October 20, 2010
- Category: Education
- Version: 1.0
- Minimum software requirements: iOS 3.2 or later