JumpStart’s Worksheet of the Week

Family Resolutions for the New Year

New Year’s resolutions take many different forms, depending on the person making them. They are a annual tradition that involves committing to a  task or act through the duration of the year with the ultimate goal of self improvement. However, the idea of making changes for the better might fall short to some of the younger members of your family. Help explain this annual tradition by forming a few fun and easy resolutions for the whole family to share. Getting everyone in your household involved and committed to a single goal is a great way to keep everyone in check and on track for the New Year.

Photo by: Natalie Maynor

If you’re not sure where to start forming some of your family’s resolutions for the year, here are a few basic goals to share with your loved ones.

Eat Healthy – Eating healthy does not mean that meals have to be boring. Start taking some extra time to plan out your family’s meals before the start of each week to create delicious yet nutritious treats for snacks and meals. A little planning can go a long way when it comes to making the right decisions for you family in the kitchen. Do some research and learn how you can better incorporate a balanced meal of lean proteins, vegetables, fruits, grains, and fiber. Cutting down on unnecessary sugars and fats can improve your children’s health and overall alertness.

Stay Active – Eating healthy goes hand in hand with staying active when it comes to promotion a healthy lifestyle within your household. Parents might consider enrolling their kids in local sports leagues and other extracurricular activities or they can also plan a few activities of their own before or after dinner. From family walks and bike rides to weekend hikes, staying active is just one way of helping your kids build strong bodies and stay healthy. You might even consider creating games or events like family sports days to disguise fitness for fun!

Make Time for Family – When the year begins and schedules, school, and work seems to become a bit of a whirlwind to handle, quality time spent together can often take the backseat to more immediate or pressing tasks. Commit to regular family dinners or activity nights like game night or movie night to assure that you stay connected with your kids. Strengthening bonds like these when your kids re young can ultimately help keep the lines of communication open as they grow and begin seeking a bit more independence.

The JumpStart Times: Jumpee Shout Outs

Tuesday’s shout outs are a blog tradition that features fans just like you! Keep submitting your content to Frankie and the JumpStart Times’ News Team for a chance to see your comment here, on the blog. Ready to hear what your fellow Jumpeez are talking about? Read on!

MainStreet is so FUN!
– Rebecca SparkleCheetah

MainStreet is full of all kinds of activities and
adventures, Rebecca SparkleCheetah! Stay tuned as we
continue to update this area of the game with
exciting seasonal FunZones.
– Frankie

I from Ridez, LOL!!!
– Sara ShinyKitty

Great job earning the coins for that awesome
Ride, Sara ShineyKitty! Don’t forget to check out
http://www.SchoolOfDragons.com, if you are interested
in riding dragons.
– Frankie

Come to School of Dragons! Check it out or
find a dragon egg here in JumpStart!
– Jose BreezeEmber

School of dragons is the perfect place for people looking to
become elite level dragon trainers, Jose BreezeEmber.
Thanks for getting the word out on this
exciting online adventure!
– Frankie

Frankie, you are the best. Nobody can beat you!
– Taylor LuckyFox

Thanks, Taylor LuckyFox! I’m glad to have you as a
Jumpee fan and friend.
– Frankie

Fun Family Traditions for the New Year

Celebrating the New Year is an annual tradition that sends many people scrambling to make plans with their friends and loved ones. And, for parents with young children, this can be much more of a challenge. Do not miss out on sharing the significance of this holiday with our kids, this year and use some of our favorite Family activities for the New Year with your children to assure that this holiday season ends in a memorable fashion!

Photo by Sarah_Ackerman

Community Events – Depending on where you live, your city might already be hosting a few family friendly events to ring in the New Year. Do some research to see if there are any activities or events that interest you  or your loved ones. From fireworks shows and parades to formal balls and other parties, this can be a great way to stay connected to the community in which you live while celebrating this annual holiday!

Family Slumber Party – Plan a fun and festive camp out by the TV to watch the countdown on television. This family style slumber party can include many popular childhood activities like fort building or cooking up seasonal treats in the kitchen like apple cider, hot cocoa or holiday cookies. After all, staying up until midnight might not be something you can count on the kids to do, so be sure to take advantage of those hours leading up to the start of the New Year!

Resolution Tree Crafts – Have your family members come together of a creative craft. Fashion a small tree from cardboard or paper. For the leaves on the tree, have each person in your household write down their New Year’s resolution down on a paper leaf that they decorate and make their own. Affix each family member’s resolution on the tree and leave it up somewhere in your home as a subtle reminder throughout the year.

Create A Time Capsule – There’s no better way to reminisce about the year that has passed or plan for the one to come that by giving your family the task of pulling together a Time Capsule. Your kids can include photos from memorable moments or even write letters to themselves to read in the future. This can be a fun way of celebrating the New Year and also tracking your kids’ growth from year to year. Make it an annual tradition by opening the time capsule on the following New Year’s holiday to review its content and pack it with new memories.

Stay Connected with Your Jumpee pals!

Have you ever had any questions about managing your Buddy List in JumpStart? Frankie and his friends understand how overwhelming it might be so they decided to have us share a little insight to the Buddy List on your Jumpee’s in-game toolbar. If you can’t the answer to your Buddy List related question, just let us know. We’re always here to help!

plugin-container 2013-12-20 09-32-53-16 copy Accessing your Buddy List is as easy as a single click on your Jumpee’s toolbar. Just select the Buddy icon directly to the right of your chat box. This will open your Buddy List where you can view your “Online,” “Offline,” and “Ignored” friends in addition to your buddy requests. These options are listed across the top tabs of your Buddy List.

plugin-container 2013-12-20 09-32-59-17 copyUnder each buddy’s name, you will find 7 options to use to connect with your Jumpee pals. Roll your pointer over the icons listed under their names and images for the option to send them a greeting card or message, visit their room, invite them to visit you in the game, or choose to block and remove a buddy from your list.

plugin-container 2013-12-20 09-33-15-22 copyJumpeez can even select the circled star to the right of their name to mark a friend as a “Best Buddy,” positioning them at the top of their buddy list for easy access. Check into the game now to try these features out and let us know if you have any other questions!

Explore The Winter Wonderland Snow Globe

During the winter holiday season in JumpStart, one of the most popular stops for Jumpeez is the Winter Wonderland Snow Globe, which is why you’re able to access them from multiple portals in the game.


Taking center stage in the Central Park and the MainStreet FunZone areas, this exciting winter themed adventure is on you won’t want to miss. With all the fun that there is to be had, there’s even an entrance from DownTown!

Walk into this area and you’ll automatically be morphed into a festive little elf so that you can ride the holiday train around this snowy mountain or race Rico in a sledding competition filled with high speed twists and turns. Just walk through one of the glowing green gifts to see where you end up.

Click here to learn more about our Winter Wonderland!

The JumpStart Times: Jumpee Shout Outs

It’s that time of the week, again! Frankie has stopped by to visit the JumpStart blog team to respond to a few shout outs that have been submitted through the JumpStart Times and your Jumpee’s helpful J-Tube Device. Did any of your submission make it into this week’s awesome fan feature? Check out this week’s shout outs, now!

headerRoses are red violets are blue and I would really like
to go to a sweetheart dance with all of you!
– Angel FairyJewel

Thanks for extending this wonderful offer to all of your
Jumpee pals, Angel Fairy Jewel! You seem
like one talented poet.
– Frankie

Come to the Enchanted Sanctuary, now!
– Shwetha TwistySnake

There’s so much to do in the Enchanted Sanctuary
with your Mythie or Eggling, Shwetha TwistySnake! Thanks for
pointing your Jumpee pals to this exciting area of the game.
– Frankie

Frankie, you’re the best and I love JS. It’s so much
fun in MarineLand! I love Trendy Tides!!!!!!
– Taylor SwiftDiamond

Trendy Tides is a fun stop for any fashion loving
Jumpeez, Taylor SwiftDiamond! We hope that you’ve found
success walking it’s runway during your adventures there.
– Frankie

I just want to say that JumpStart is cool,
so stay that way. 😀
– Sean Puppy

JumpStart will only be getting better and more
exciting, Sean Puppy! The team and I are always looking for
ways to keep all of you Jumpeez engaged and having fun.
– Frankie