My 4 year old loves playing games on the computer. But, there are so many options out there, and unless I'm sitting right next to him, I'm afraid of what he may be playing. So, he's restricted to a hand full of sites to navigate on his own.
He recently had the chance to try out JumpStart 3D Virtual World. JumpStart offers adventure-based games geared towards kids 3-10. The activities are intended to be both educational and entertaining. Within the JumpStart site, there are various worlds that you can upgrade to for $7.99 a month, including StoryLand (for ages 3-5), Adventureland (for ages 5-7), and FutureLand (for ages 7-10).
My 4 year old loved that he could personalize his character, and tried to make the avatar look just like him. He found the 3D world easy to navigate once we got started. And even though I try to be nearby when he's playing on the computer, I felt confident that I could walk away without hearing, "Mommy, I need your help" every 5 seconds.
He reported that his favorite part was "flying a spaceship to collect things" and that he "loved going to the arcade." Overall, he really enjoyed playing, and I liked that he was able to play on his own with confidence. I also appreciate the fact that there is a forum to read or ask questions. It made things so much simpler when we had a concern.
If you think your kids would enjoy the site too, be sure to check out JumpStart.com. JumpStart will also be coming out on Wii soon, and I have a feeling we just might have to try it out!