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Over the last year or so, our girls have become quite savvy on the tablet and smart phone. They're able to pick them up and start playing whatever game tickles their fancy at the moment. So I have been trying to focus on adding games that will actually inspire them or teach them something.
Disney Imagicademy is a new learning brand designed for families with children ages 3 to 8 to inspire a natural love of learning and encourage kids to learn by creating, making and doing. So far, they've released two iPad games – Mickey's Magical Math World and Mickey's Magical Art World – but they have a lot more in the works including more apps, books and other physical products that will be available for back-to-school 2015.
Last month, we downloaded Mickey's Magical Math World and they absolutely adored that game. It's only available for iPad, so they have to play it on my iPad Mini, but it's great to have on hand for something special for them to play. (You'll find it in the App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.)
Zoë wants to be an artist when she grows up, so when we heard that Mickey's Magical Art World was released, of course we were excited to download it. In this game, kids get to use their imaginations as they fully immerse themselves in the creative arts world.
There are 5 different games within Mickey's Magical Arts World:
In this app, your kids can experiment with shapes, textures and lines. Zoë absolutely loves drawing, so she spent a lot of time creating in this app.
2. Costume and Movies
Through this app, your kids can explore storytelling, improvisation, costume design and character development. The characters they create can even star in animated movies with their favorite Disney Characters. It was pretty cute watching them create characters and then watch the movies. Zoë made one where her character was a ghost in a cartoon that was pretty awesome.
This app lets your kids design their very own virtual pets (aka stuffed animals) and explore all sorts of colors and textures while doing it. The girls loved dipping the stuffed animals in glitter – and even in cheese!
In this app, your kids get to design buildings while experimenting with symmetry, balance and proportion. This was one of Kaylee's favorite games.
This app allows your kids to explore the concepts of rhythm, patterns, tempo and melodies. They get to choose which instruments will make up the band and which song they'll play, then they can watch the band march playing music and either speed it up or slow it down.
The first day we had the app, they each played for 2 hours and neither of them wanted to share because it was so much fun! They've played it as much as possible every day since. We heavily encourage art and music in our home, so I was thrilled that they love it so much.
I also like the Disney Imagicademy Parents app, which is a free app that is a great resource for checking out what my kids have been doing in Mickey's Magical Art World and Mickey's Magical Math World. I like being able to see their latest creations without having to look over their shoulders all the time.
This app is also a way for you to connect with the Imagicademy community and get ideas for engaging with your children in meaningful ways. You'll find all sorts of articles and activity ideas to keep encouraging your child's creativity.
If you're looking for a fun, new way to spark your child's creativity, check out Mickey's Magical Art World. It's free to download!
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