My kids are definitely digital natives. My 2 year old knows her way around an iPad better than most adults that I know. I love using technology to help them be creative or learn important skills so it’s always exciting to me when I find a great app that gets them excited about something new.
Not too long ago we shared that Disney had released a new line of educational apps. They started with Mickey’s Magical Math World and my kids have been enjoying that for the last several months. The recently added a new app to their lineup: Mickey’s Magical Arts World and this one has been a huge hit with my kids.
I can tell you all about how cool the app is and all the educational benefits but what really drove home how great this app is was something that happened not long after I downloaded the app. My life is crazy so I never just sit down to do something. Once the app downloaded I had to run off and take care of something with my twins. I came back not long after that to find my 7 year old son curled up on the couch with my iPad.
Me – What are you doing?
7 year old – I found a really cool game on your iPad. Did you know this was on here?
Me – What are you playing?
7 year old – It has Mickey Mouse in it and it has all these fun art games.
Sure enough. He had found the Mickey’s Magical Arts World app on my iPad and been immediately pulled in. Like the math app, this one is very visually stimulating. Kids can see their favorite Disney friends and engage in a variety of activities within the app.
I am not an artist at all so I’m always looking for ways to encourage creativity and artistic expression in my kids. This app is a great for that. I sat down to explore the app and came across a great little activity where Mickey teaches kids (and artistically challenged parents *ahem*) how to draw simple pictures.
Check out my beautiful butterfly:
I could totally see my kids learning to draw something on the app then transitioning to creating something out of paper and art supplies offline!
Mickey’s Magical Arts World has 5 activity areas to choose from: drawing, costume and movies, materials, design, and music.
Disney Imagicademy apps are designed for kids ages 3-8. I have 2 kids right in that age range and they have both had a blast exploring new things and it has kept them thoroughly entertained lately.
My kids have decided their favorite is the materials game. They played it as a group and sat, giggling as they experimented with different materials and textures.
If you want to follow along with your child’s progress Disney Imagicademy is a companion app to Mickey’s Magical Math World and Mickey’s Magical Arts World that allows you to see your child’s latest creations, provide encouragement with a virtual “high five” and share their accomplishments with family and friends. You can also get some great ideas for activities designed to help spark creativity and encourage imaginative learning.
You can download Mickey’s Magical Arts World App and Disney Imagicademy Parents App for free. Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.