JumpStart Animal Adventures is fact-filled, animal habitat exploration program.
Users sign-in on a contest entry form, and are taken to one of four habitats: tide pools, temperate forest, rain forest, or savannah.
There, they are challenged to find specific animals for a photo album, and to play several fact-based games.
Completing a contest (i.e. finding all the specified animals in a habitat, and completing the games therein) generates a reward, like a printable description of how to make a home for a toad. Surprisingly to some of our parents, most of our young reviewers found these challenges to be attractive and captivating.
For example, in the temperate forest the user is given a brief overview of the habitat ("the weather here changes, and there are four seasons") then is reminded of the contest goals: find six specific animals in the forest - great horned owl, jumping spider, white-tailed deer, big brown bat, grizzly bear, and red fox -- and take their pictures.
Knowledge Adventure packaged a large number of categorized "factoids" into JumpStart Animals, in a manner that encourages their discovery. Clicking on animals causes them to explain some basic facts about themselves.
Some go even further, offering a game activity that builds on an element relevant to the animal. For example, a "bat" game uses echolocation to find bugs; a beaver game has the user helping the animal build a dam; a deer game illustrates bucks fighting for their territory. Overall, the program has a clear educational focus. Explore your world and discover its amazing animals
Discover the thrill of going face-to-face with wild animals as you explore fascinating habitats filled with untamed adventure. Become an official animal expert by identifying and collecting photos of over 40 amazing animals. Along the way, help a squid escape from poisonous fish, chase zebras safely away from hungry predators, swing through the jungle with the Titi monkeys, and much more! Practice rading and listening skills.
* The squid is running out of ink! With a poisonous fish at your tail, think fast and race to refuel.
* Which animal is the herbivore? Which is the carnivore? Snap pictures of animals to become an animal expert.
* Swing vine-to-vine with the Titi monkeys and help them gather bananas and coconuts.
* Over 40 unique animals in 16 action-packed activities
* Strange but true animal facts
* 4 exciting habitats around the world
Jump Start Animal Adventure Karaoke CD-ROM Includes 8 Sing-Along Karaoke Activities