JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning


  • Editor Rating

  • Rated 4.5 stars
  • Highly Recommended
$$1.99

  • JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning
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  • Last modified: July 20, 2017
  • Quality
    Editor: 100%
  • Education
    Editor: 100%
  • Entertainment
    Editor: 100%
  • Value
    Editor: 100%
  • Child Friendly
    Editor: 70%

Review Summary:

JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning is a great, all-purpose app that will entertain kids for many sessions and help them develop some of the skills they’ll need later for success at reading, math, and critical thinking.

App Info

Price: $1.99
AppStore User Rating: 3.5

Download on the App Store

Overview

JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning offers 15 different early learning activities designed to help young children gain better understanding of letters, numbers, shapes, sequencing and other readiness skills.  The games are colorful, animated and fun, with themes that will appeal to preschoolers.

Features include:

  • Fifteen learning games
  • Over ten math, reading, and critical thinking skills
  • Intuitive interface
  • Familiar themes like farm, stars and monkeys
  • Matching, sorting, sequencing and more

Quality

This app is very high quality. Young users will have no trouble at all understanding and using the various interfaces on the games.  The narrated instructions are clear and child-friendly, and all aspects of the app work as promised.  The animations and sound effects are smooth and clearly connected to the theme of the game.

Education

JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning offers a comprehensive preschool readiness package, with fifteen different learning games to help children practice a host of readiness skills they will need for school success.  In addition to the standard letter and number recognition, beginning sounds, and matching, the app will have kids listening to stories then sequencing, putting numbers into the correct order, sorting shapes and colors, and much more.

The games are short and sweet, perfect for the target age group. They also seem to appear randomly, so kids will never know exactly what’s coming next when they are in the “play” mode.  For those that need a bit of extra practice on specific skills, there is a mechanism to intentionally choose games, which is very nice.  Even the games that are familiar to most kids, such as Memory, are given a new twist.  In this app, players flip rubber duckies instead of cards to make matches, then correct pairs are rewarded visually as they reveal extra pieces of a picture.

Entertainment

This app will be highly entertaining for most preschoolers.  The themes will be familiar, but the action will intrigue kids for many rounds of play.  For example, the barnyard is a familiar scene that most kids already love. In one game, the cows pop in and out carrying letters to tap, similar to the old game of “Whack-a-Mole.”  The pace is appropriate for young minds processing new concepts and young, not-yet-fully-coordinated hands.  All in all, it’s very well done.

Value

JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning is a great value.  For less than $2, you can provide your preschooler(s) with a very comprehensive and engaging set of activities that they will enjoy and that will help them learn in the process.  The activities are fast-paced and entertaining, so kids will want to play.  All in all, it’s a good investment!

Child Friendliness

This app is mostly child friendly, but there is one large concern.  The home screen contains unprotected access to the App Store where additional products from this developer can be purchased.  There are also occasional pop-ups that encourage users to purchase other apps in the series that are not protected.  Developers need to put an effective parent gate on this link to protect young children from accidentally accessing this content.  In the meantime, parents can turn off internet access in the settings of their device when kids want to play.

  • NO social media
  • NO in-app purchase
  • NO 3rd party ads
  • NO external links
  • YES “more apps” (unprotected and visible on home screen and in pop-ups)

JumpStart Preschool Magic of Learning is a great, all-purpose app that will entertain kids for many sessions and help them develop some of the skills they’ll need later for success at reading, math, and critical thinking.

$$1.99
Editor rating
Rated 4.5 stars