My kids love the Disney Imagicademy apps.
After trying out Mickey’s Magical Math World recently, they had a chance to use Mickey’s Magical Arts World this week. It brings back their favorite Disney characters (Minnie! Mickey! Donald!), and takes kids through a variety of art forms — from drawing and painting to playing with textures, from designing and building to music.
My four-year old’s favorite game had her making toys with Pluto and Goofy. She chose the shapes and colors, painted them, and in the end, got a picture of one of her favorite characters playing with her creation.
The other game she loved — my child who’s obsessed with all things princess-y and whose favorite ice cream color is “pink” — involved designing buildings. Or, in her case, pink castles.
Personally, my favorite section was Mickey’s Music Maker. The kids select instruments in a band and listen to them play a tune together. They can also control the tempo and change up how the music is performed. It’s a great introduction to music for preschoolers.
I also liked Mickey’s Sketch Artist, which had kids draw and color their own character. At the end, the drawing came to life, jumped up, and played with Mickey. The kids got a huge kick out of seeing their drawings move and jump and interact.
So. While the app itself is free, my favorite parts were all extra. You can buy the five different games (Donald’s Costume Play, Mickey’s Sketch Artist, Mickey’s Music Maker, Minnie’s Art-chitect, or Pluto’s Crafty Creator) individually for $4.99 each, or you can purchase the entire set for $19.99.
As someone who considers a $0.99 app a splurge, this seemed like a lot, until I started thinking about it. I’ve bought the kids DVDs and books, taken them to the movies, and purchased video games that all cost more. And for games that have been researched by educators and academics and other Smart People, and that are actually teaching my preschooler about art and music and not just entertaining her, I think it’s a good value. It also has enough variety that kids aren’t going to lose interest after the first few times. It’s geared for preschoolers, but even my seven and nine-year old were entertained by it.
There’s also a free companion Disney Imagicademy app for parents. It’s got tips for fun crafts and activities to do with kids, parenting advice, and educational videos for both parents and kids. It’s a great resource we can use to help our kids learn.
So — big thumbs up from my kids for Mickey’s Magical Arts World...we’ll use it on our next big road trip, and I feel better knowing they’ll be entertained, and they’ll learn something along the way, too.
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