If you are like me, then you are always looking for fun, entertaining and educational apps for your kids that will not only keep them entertained and happy, but also help to stimulate their brains. The world of educational apps is cluttered with cheap (oftentimes free) imitators that do little more than drain your tablet’s battery. Many of these apps are boring, poorly made and don’t do much in the ways of educating your kids. Disney intends to change this will their new series of Imagicademy apps. My kids LOVE Mickey Mouse (who doesn’t!) so when I heard of them I was so excited to give them a try! These apps are created for families with children ages 3-8 and they aims to engage and enrich children through the power of imagination and creativity.
Unlike many learning aids that rely on memorization and repetitive gameplay, Disney wants to introduce children to basic subjects through a series of apps that build upon each other to reinforce learning concepts in immersive and playful ways. They are beginning with a series of mobile apps that are designed for families with children 3 to 8 years old and a companion app that parents can use to follow their children’s progress and give virtual high fives along the way. Later next year, this program will expand to include books and toys to accompany the lessons, which is very exciting!
The first app available is Mickey’s Magical Math World. The basic app is free, but the games inside of it cost $5 each or $20 for the whole shebang.The app is only compatible for the iPad currently. The games are all fun and visually stimulating. Each math-based game roots itself in a different mathematical concept, like “Mickey’s Super Rocket Shapes,” which is a rocket-building and shape-recognition lesson; “Donald’s Number Launcher,” which is all about counting using number lines; and “Minnie’s Robot Count-Along,” which teaches forwards and backwards counting.
My younger two have been loving playing some of the games and have been able to do mostly everything without my help, which is nice! It kind of has a “video game” feel which has helped to keep their attention. My almost 5 year old has really loved having all of her favorite characters in one fun place and has been having a blast singing, counting and identifying shapes with them. I love how stimulating is it and how it makes he think of numbers in a more creative and imaginative way. We really value education in this house and I love how this app links fun and learning in one easy to use format.
One of the best parts of this new series of apps is the free Disney Imagicademy: Parents app that serves as a parent’s ‘go-to’ resource to connect with the Imagicademy community and gather information that can be used to engage with their child in meaningful ways. This app gives parents daily articles and Imagicademy-inspired activities that are designed to help spark creativity and encourage imaginative learning. Disney Imagicademy: Parents also serves as a portal into children’s Mickey’s Magical Math World, where parents can see their child’s latest creations, provide encouragement with a virtual “high five” and share their accomplishments with family and friends. This connection between parents and kids is essential to showing your child that you ate not only invested in their learning, but excited to see what they have been creating!
Overall, we are very impressed with the first Disney Imagicademy app and love how much our kids have bene asking to play- and learning while doing it! There are more apps that are to be released over the next year including an art app and a Frozen themed one! So, if you are sick of all the cheap apps that don’t do much besides take up space on your iPad, check out the new Disney Imagicademy apps- you will not be disappointed in them!
To add these to your iPad collection, check them out on iTunes!
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.