Planning Family Activities for Fall

Fall is usually the time of year where the weather begins to cool, and for many families it often means spending more time together – indoors or participating in a few fun seasonal traditions as holidays approach. What do you and your kids look forward to most when planning for fall? As the leaves just begin to turn, remember that it is never too late to start a few family festivities of your own! From pumpkin patch visits to baking fall flavored recipes at home, here is how you might get started.

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While some of these activities for fall might be tried, true, popular among kids and adults don’t forget to ask you family about what interests them most. Have them do some research into options around your city to make sure that they will be able to look back on the fall season with all kinds of fond memories. If you don’t know where to start, offer up a few of these suggestions –
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Prioritizing Health and Fitness

Did you know that this Saturday is Family Health and Fitness Day? While prioritizing these two aspects of your life should be year-round goals, days like this are important in helping kids understand the importance of both health and fitness in their daily routine. So how exactly do you define the broad spectrum term of “Health” to a child? Here are some ways to help get your kids thinking about eating and living healthier lives!

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In its most basic form, health is defined as the condition of being well and free from ailments or disease. Most health experts and doctors would easily agree that living a healthy life starts with staying on top of factors that you have direct control of in your life – what you put in your body and eat. And when it comes to getting your kids to adapt to healthy eating habits, it’s never too early to get them started!

Start by explaining the Food Pyramid to them and the concept of a “balanced meal.” When choosing what to eat they should always start by limiting sweets and over indulgent treats as some studies have deemed these to have negative side affects and at times addictive qualities. Instead when creating family meals, opt for lean proteins like fish, poultry, or even beans and whole grains like brown rice or wheat based pastas. And most importantly help your kids develop a taste for vegetables and fruits!

Having reasonable portions of these food groups in addition to other fiber and dairy rich foods are just what your family needs to start prioritizing health and eating right. But eating right is just one factor in healthy living, another is fitness, which you can learn more about at the Math Blaster blog!

Pirate Month: New Threadz Shipment Wash Ashore!

Yo-ho-yo-ho a pirate’s life for YOU! How’s pirate month going for all you seafaring Jumpeez? Let us know and if you haven’t already start this exciting adventure by looking the part! After all Captain Frankie and the team have just received a few Pirate themed pieces that are now available at the Threadz Store!

plugin-container 2014-09-18 09-18-36-32Select your coin counter to open all of our current JumpStart store options or head directly to DownTown to start shopping. Put those hard earned gold coins to good use to custom create a look that’s all your own!

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Short on coins? Then, get those thinking hats on and play some games. Remember that the more you LEARN in JumpStart, the more you’ll ultimately earn! IN fact, learning games have some of the BEST payouts in all of our online world!

Family Activities: Homemade Popsicles

While Summer might officially be over, some parts of the country are still feeling the challenge of the season’s heat. One way to keep the kids and your family cool is by working up a quick and easy treat to share right at home – popsicles! Gather the family for a fun kitchen activity that not only allows for some fall family time, but also results in a delicious and healthy dessert option. Here’s everything you need to know to get started!

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Materials

  • Dixie cups or waxed paper cups
  • Popsicle sticks
  • Aluminum foil
  • Juice or dairy based beverages (flavors according to preference)

Instructions

  • Decide on a flavor and prepare your popsicle base. Look up recipes that fit your kids taste and get creative. You can make classic recipes like creamsicles or fudgsicles or freeze and layer your favorite fruit juices for something lighter.
  • Line up as many small waxed paper cups as you need popsicles, and pour your chosen liquid into the cups, leaving about a half inch of space from the rim.
  • Cut foil into squares big enough to cover the top of the cups. The foil will be used to hold the popsicle sticks in place while the liquid is still not frozen.
  • Cover the cups and cut a slit, about the size of the popsicle sticks. and insert the sticks into the cups.
  • Place the cups on a tray and into your freezer until frozen through.
  • Peel back and tear off the paper cups from the formed popsicle.
  • Enjoy!

Hoist the Flag – It’s Pirate Month in JumpStart!

Hey there, Mateys! Have you noticed that a few of our pirate pals have anchored down on the JumpStart shores? Tell all of your swashbuckling and seafaring friends the BIG news – it’s PIRATE MONTH in JumpStart!

Hotspot_CentralParkFunZone_09.11So what does this all mean for you and your BFFs? It means that Captain Frankie’s sailed through to drop off a few seasonal updates to the game. Arrrr’ you ready to start your pirate training? In central Park the Yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaar Ride will give you those necessary sea legs!

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Your next test is in MainStreet! Can you find the hidden Treasure? Follow the floating skulls to explore secret caverns at this pirate only FunZone! Best of all – the fun doesn’t stop there! As is the case with all changes in season – a new scavenger hunt, and updates to Petz, Ridez, ad Threadz have arrived to the game!

Checklist Essentials for Heading Back-to-School!

Heading back to school is no easy feat, especially when you have kids of varying grade levels all in one house. However, there’s no reason to fret over what they’ll need. Calm your anxiety by simply getting prepared and ahead of the game. While your list might vary, depending on the syllabus designed by your child’s teacher, there are a few things that will be essential to any student heading back-to-school!

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Use this guide to help get you started, and check in with your child’s school to get the most up-to-date list on exactly what they’ll need to crack open the books and get started in the classroom! This list of essentials can be a great starting point to equip your kids with all the essentials for school.

Backpack                                               Classroom Supplies
Rolling bags                                             Scissors
Messenger bags                                      Pens, pencils
One-strap bags                                       Art supplies
Traditional two-strap                               Pencil box or case
Erasers
Lunch Bag                                            Notebooks and binders
Ice packs
Tupperware
Snack bags
Reusable water bottle

NFL and JumpStart Have Teamed Up!

All the exhilaration and family fun of a football game is sprinting straight to your mobile device because JumpStart is teaming up with the NFL! We are proud to announce the launch of NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes! Join the team huddle as JumpStart gears up for football season in BIG ways to bring your family a new line-up of action packed games!NFL-Gameday-Heroes-b

Gear up to support your favorite NFL team before rallying for that gameday win! This exciting app allows you to customize your very own football player before taking the field in a series of exciting and fast-paced mini games! Utilize strategy and game-changing power ups to push ahead as you race through round after round of competitive play with your friends and family.

What are you waiting for, Jumpeez? Connect with your friends and play in real time for a chance to rack up points and become the ultimate GameDay Hero! Best of all – this is only the beginning for JumpStart and the NFL! NFL RUSH GameDay Heroes is available through iTunes and GooglePlay (coming soon to Amazon and Windows).