At what age do kids start entertaining themselves? I’m sure it’s different for each kid, but I can say for sure that mine aren’t there yet. Some days, my well of ideas simply runs dry, and I need a little help coming up with fun, educational to-dos. Disney Imagicademy: Parents is a brand new free app that’s packed with Disney-inspired crafts, ideas, activities and tips that help answer the question, “What can I do today to help my child grow?”
Honestly, the last thing my kids need is another app to play with. That’s why this one is a keeper – it’s not a game, and it’s mainly for parents. It’s a go-to resource to help you connect with the entire Imagicademy community, read daily articles and spark creativity with Imagicademy-inspired activities. The fun goes way beyond the screen with in a variety of ways, including a free community parent portal, free Disney Store events, books and magazines, and hands-on learning tools that extend the digital experience right into the real world.
My son saw Mickey on the app and was interested right away, and the very first thing that popped up in my feed was this, an article about celebrating the winter solstice! LOVE. IT.
We saved a bunch of our favorites from the feed, and now we’ve got a long list of things to look forward to trying (and a few child development articles for me to read on my own.) It’s super easy to navigate and even easier to find the things you favorited on your last visit to the app. They’re all bookmarked for you on your favorites page!
Our favorites included how to make a sparkling fairy wand, how to make a Tinkerbell puppet, how to make Cinderella’s glass slipper, and mealtime math for preschoolers, along with articles on the lost art of snail mail and how to be a better storyteller. All great stuff!
I could see myself getting lost in the flow of ideas, since it’s constantly updated (think Pinterest for ages 3–8, with a Disney spin.)
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.
In Mickey’s Magical Math World, children head to outer space with Mickey and friends to explore math concepts – not just memorization or repetition, but the actual fundamental concepts behind them. It’s learning with the intent of building a foundation, with an interconnected system of apps that build upon each other to reinforce learning concepts. Kids stay immersed in the learning while having fun!
That Mickey sure does stand the test of time, doesn’t he? My kids can never resist an adventure, and the learning just happens.
The intergalactic exploration lets kids:
- Explore, recognize and identify shapes with Mickey’s Rocket Build
- Play with numbers and patterns within Minnie’s Robot Playground
- Ponder early number concepts with Donald’s Alien Number Line
- Explore Counting to 10 and early problem solving with Donald’s Sleepwalking Aliens
- Experiment with shapes, patterns and sorting skills with Goofy
The first time my son explored this app, he disappeared in his tent for a good half hour! He kept telling me, “Hey Mom, this is a good one!” Disney has included parental controls for us, though, so even though we love Mickey to the moon and back, we’ll be set at 15 minutes per day from now on. We need to save some time to do all the new crafts I found at Disney Imagicademy!
Click below to download the free Disney iPad apps today, and keep the kids occupied over holiday break!
Would you use an app that gave you craft and activity ideas for kids, inspired by Disney?
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.