We are on vacation in Nashville for the 4th of July I love having the extra hands who love to play with the kids! Sometimes you still need to pull out some tricks when your not in your own space, being on vacation is great but having very exploratory kids in someone else's home can be treacherous, am I right? So I pulled out my computer and introduced Max to Animal Jam, the awesome computer game made by the people over at National Geographic Kids. I talked about animal jam university in THIS post, which is an awesome resource to get great ideas for kid activities and today I'll show you how Max loved the actual computer game.
Animal Jam is a safe and exciting online playground for kids who love animals and the outdoors. Players create and customize their own animal characters and dens, chat with friends, adopt pets, team up for adventures, and feed their curiosity about animals and the natural world around them.
Created in partnership with National Geographic, Animal Jam features classic playground role playing infused with the life sciences. Players can collect fun facts in their Journey Books, learn about Animal Conservation in Kimbara Outback, and ask real scientists questions, like herpetologist Dr. Brady Barr and marine biologist Tierney Thys.
My favorite part of the game and surprisingly Max's favorite is the videos. There are fun animated videos that talk about the game and history of each place and then there are videos talking about the ocean by a real marine biologist. Because we are in Nashville he played the game with his 14 year old aunt. She had fun playing helping him along through the game. Since he's only 3 and not adept at the track pad on my computer he needs assistance playing the game, however I'm sure kids slightly older wouldn't need any help at all.
When you first begin the game you get to create your animal and then as you go along you can customize him. This was a super fun part for Max. He loved creating his lion and then adding things like wings to his back and change his stripes to be red and his eyes to be bright green. :)
I love how Animal Jam captivates Max's attention with information that is educational and not brain draining! He's learning and having fun, which makes me feel like a decent parent. ;)