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JumpStart Toddlers

Knowledge Adventure

Ages 18 months to 3 years

Rating Scale
5 = great,    1 = poor
Educational Value
Kid Appeal
Ease of Use

JumpStart Toddlers Screen Shot System Requirements

PC / Mac Price Survey

Product Support

JumpStart Toddlers offers a pleasant introduction to preschool learning and computer readiness for the very youngest users. Greeted by host DeeDee the duck, toddlers are invited to explore Grandma's house and yard, where they experience a variety of enjoyable activities. Colorful animated characters help kids learn about colors, shapes, letters and letter sounds, numbers and counting, animals, and music appreciation. Each activity is accompanied by a simple song that reinforces the lesson theme.

Educational Value
JumpStart exposes toddlers to pre-reading and pre-math activities, while entertaining with amiable cartoon characters and melodious songs. It offers two interfaces, Level 1 allows beginning learners to initiate responses by pressing any key or simply moving the mouse over an object. Advanced users can select the Level 2 interface, which involves the user in more directed learning games.

Kid Appeal
With large, colorful graphics and pleasant characters and themes, this program makes a nice first computer experience for kids. Our testers were not, however as enamored with the characters as they were with more familiar preschool favorites.

Ease of Use / Install
JumpStart Toddlers installs without difficulty. Program navigation is simple, with a main activity selection screen, and activity screens that include an arrow button to return to the main screen, and a musical note button to initiate the related song segment.

Best for... / Bottom-Line
This cheery, easy-to-use program makes a nice introduction to the computer for toddlers.

See SuperKids' comparisons with other toddler software titles, and the Buyers Guide for current market prices of the PC and Mac versions.

System Requirements
PC: Pentium 98/95, Pentium 90 or faster cpu, 15 MB hard drive space, 16 MB RAM (32 MB recommended), 256-color or higher graphics capability, 4X or faster CD-ROM, 16-bit Windows compatible sound card.

Mac: System 7.5.3 or higher, Power PC 90 MHz or faster cpu, 15 MB hard drive space, 32 MB RAM, 256-color graphics capability, 4Xor faster CD-ROM.

Reviewed on:

  • Pentium 550 with 128MB and 24xCD
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