We are HUGE Disney fans in this house. We have a massive Disney movie collection (started well before we had kids) and our kids jump for joy over anything Mickey related. We also have very creative kids, especially our oldest. But we’re not real sure where she gets it from as neither Josh nor I are artistically inclined.
This child can spend hours a day acting out full-length movie-style plots with anything she can get her hands on, at the table with all the craft supplies, and trying to force her younger siblings into parts of her imaginative play (and even the cats).
So I’m sure ya’ll can imagine my pure excitement when I read “Mickey’s Magical Arts World.” What?! Disney has a new app that is creative learning for ages 3-8? Perfecto! We anxiously awaited for Feb 12th with the app became available in the App Store (sorry folks, it’s not on Android yet) and download day finally came. I added Arts World to both of our iPads and the Disney Imagicadmy Parents app to my phone.
The Parents App is full of great little features. Ideas for hands-on learning activities, fun crafts, and updates on your kids achievements within their app. I’m excited to tackle the Birthplace Map Keychain Charms craft that I saw on there last night. What a cute idea!
Within the Mickey’s Magical Arts World app, there are 5 sections: Drawing, Costume & Movies, Materials, Design, and Music.
Pick a shape and follow along with Mickey to learn how to draw it. This part of the app gives the child different types of drawing tools too create their artwork. Pencil, crayon, chisel-tip and brushes plus a color picker let them experiment with different ways to draw lines and apply color.
Costume & Movies
This was the hands-down favorite for our older two kids. Pick a character, do their hair (complete with cutting, combing, windblown and frozen effects…and so much more), and pick their costume. Then there are a few options to record three own voice for parts of the movie. The one pictured above asked the kids to make up and record their own magic words. The twins had a blast recording their own scary ghost voices for another option. And at last, grab some popcorn and watch their little video.
I think this might have been the most fun for me to watch. Pick an animal, select their base material, and then apply other materials by dipping them in the big machine (feathers, goo, you name it). Stick them not he color wheel and let them get splattered with color, and then apply prints using different mediums (I got a chuckle out of the chicken prints!). Use sponges and brushes to apply texture and the select bows, hats, etc to style them. It’s really fun to see the way they pair different mediums and colors. (And you can flip through their creations from the Disney Imagicademy Parents App and share to FB, Instagram or by email.)
The kids ran off with the iPad (playing nicely together!) before I could get the other two sections to show you. With Minnie’s Design area, you can create buildings which appear in part of the city section you can visit. This activity prompted some interesting conversations about windows, doors, building materials, and just how do you get out of a building with no doors?! Our creative one loves drawing houses, so this was right up her alley! The Music section allows your child to select instruments to create a band. They can even choose one for themselves to play along with them or adjust the tempo of the song all together. They can record and listen back through their songs on their own little playlist.
Download Mickey’s Magical Arts World here and the Disney Imagicademy Parents app here. You can try them all out, but then there are in-app purchases (that your kids can’t quite do on their own, you have to sign in to the parents area). You can buy each section for $4.99, or all five for $19.99.
We’re excitedly awaiting for the rest of the Disney Imagicademy line which will include books and other physical products available Fall 2015. While we’re waiting, we’ll be enjoying this app and diving into Mickey’s Magical Math World which is currently available in the App Store.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.