WooHoo! PE And a Giveaway!

For those of you who have been around NerdFamily Things for a while, you know that we love Jumpstart software. So I was very stoked when we were approached to review their new Wii game, Jumpstart Get Moving Family Fitness Wii (just hit stores June 15th). I have to admit, I wasn’t sure how crazy everyone would be about this game because we just got a Wii Fit and it has been a huge hit over here. I wasn’t sure how a non-balance board physical activity game could measure up. But since it was rated E for Everybody, I figured I couldn’t go wrong. But I shouldn’t have been concerned at all! All 4 of my children loved it!

So here is the basic layout of the game. There are 15 different sports games in 11 different arenas. Brooke Burke takes you through playing different sports using the Wii remote and nunchuck. Before you start any sport she has a little instructional video that she explains how to work the controls and it does a close up on her hands actually doing it. I love that it repeats until you choose to move on to the actual game (what can I say, my kids sometimes need the repeats;).

Then they play fun games with Brooke Burke encouraging them. The games themselves are animating in fun environments. The kids get to pick out which one they want to use. They get choices like a Bug’s View, Outer Space, Volcano, and lots more. When they are done with each game they get a score and a count of how many calories they burned. Let me just say, these games can really give them a workout. My 7 year old was sweating after she did a race!

One of my favorite things is that they get exercise but they don’t have to use the balance board. When my kids get real wrapped up in sports it is hard to make sure they don’t jump on the Wii board. But with Jumpstart Get Moving Family Fitness Wii they can jump and run without hurting themselves or the equipment (and it is good for them!). Now like any video game, it takes some practice to get the hang of the controls. My 9 year old had to practice a bit to throw the football just right, etc.

My 1 real problem, you can not have someone playing this anywhere children who are supposed to be doing homework are;). They all start rooting for each other and get sucked in. But the up side is that when we are playing, the kids don’t have trouble waiting their turn!

Oh, new part of my reviews. The kids each want to have their favorite part listed;).

NerdBug (9): Likes the Football Throwing game because you get to throw and avoid defenders.
NerdPie (7):  Likes the Bug’s Life View because it makes the running race very fun.
Nerdling (5): Likes the boxing because he gets to use both the remote and nunchuck (though you can will all the games;).
NerdPud (3): Likes that she gets to run.

We are going to be using it as a guaranteed PE! It is a great “recess” activity for when they need a break from sitting so they can come back and concentrate! So we loved it, and for about $30, we think it is a great family present, especially for us homeschoolers!

Win it!
JumpStart has graciously decided to give one of my readers a copy of Jumpstart Get Moving Family Fitness Wii
To enter:
* Just leave a comment telling me what challenges you have about getting your kids enough exercise!
* A random winner will be selected and notified on August 9th.
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DisclosureI was provided with a copy of JumpStart Get Moving: Family Fitness at no cost by Knowledge Adventure in order to test the products’ abilities and give my own personal opinions on it. The opinions I have given are mine and may differ from others but were not influenced by the company or the free product provided.

16 thoughts on “WooHoo! PE And a Giveaway!”

  1. The biggest challenge I have with getting the kids to exercise is the weather. We’d like the boys to stay active year-round, but the southwestern Pennsylvania winters only allow for outdoor exercise from April to early October.

  2. The biggest challenge our family has is finding the time when everyone could exercise at the same time.

  3. Our biggest challenge is getting outside to play because the heat and humidty have been crazy this summer.

  4. my kids want to watch tv with daddy and i want the outside! we have to compromise and it gets to be a head ache sometimes! this would be a great compromise! they can play with daddy and everyone wins!

  5. That looks like fun! The biggest challenge I have with getting my kids to exercise is that I set a very bad example…I hate exercising, and I don’t like the outdoors that much. But, my girls never stop moving at this point in their lives, so they seem to be fit enough for the time being…I do worry about when they get a bit older though.

  6. Our biggest challenge getting the kids to exercise is the heat! It is 90’s before we get going and well into 8 pm at night.

  7. The hardest part for us is that my kids are movie junkies and would rather sit and watch a movie or iCarly than go outside in the heat and exercise. In the winter I don’t like driving so to go to a YMCA or something is out of the question.

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