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Monday, December 22 2014 17:44

Disney Imagicademy: Opening New Worlds of Learning and Magic for Kids & Grownups #DisneyImagicademy #CG

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In the short period of time since I finally decided to allow my girls to get some hand-held screentime, we've gone from having no tablet to having at least three (there might be more). The iPad Mini is largely THE ROCK FATHER's tablet, and that means that it's pretty much set-up for me, but over the past couple of months, I've really started to kid-ifiy it a bit, loading up the best Apps that can both teach and entertain. One of the best new releases comes from Disney, a name that families like ours are immersed in on a daily basis, and with Disney Imagicademy there's a whole new world of learning opening up for kids ages 3-8, and a parental component that can enrich the entire program through an interconnected experience.

Just-launched exclusively for iPad, the first Disney Imagicademy Apps (MICKEY'S MAGICAL MATH WORLD and DISNEY IMAGICADEMY PARENTS) are available right now on the App Store for free download (Mickey's Magical Math World is freemium, which means in-app purchases are available) and are well-worth checking out.

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mickey1Mickey's Magical Math World is intriguing as it builds on a child's natural sense of curiosity through some self-guided adventures. Kids can explore different worlds of shapes, counting, sorting and number challenges, even dabbling with early addition and subtraction concepts. Now, if your kids are familiar with MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE on Disney Junior, they're really gonna like the interstitial animations that are present here, as they're presented in a similar style that immediately clicks with little ones as they explore and visit Mickey's Super Rocket ShapesMinnie's Robot Count-AlongDonald's Number LauncherDaisy's Bedtime Countdown and Goofy's Silly Sorting. What I like is that the kids really have to pay attention and listen, and that's something my kindergarten-aged oldest needs to work on. Above that, no session will ever be the same, as it's free roaming so there's no repetitive boredom-inducing nonsense here - it's engaging, and allows for constant exploration.

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#DisneyImagicademyOn the parental angle, Disney Imagicademy is linked by your normal, cross-platform Disney account (I've always loved that feature of the Disney sites and portals), so if you have an account, you're already in. While tracking learning is easily done through the Disney Imagicademy: Parents App, there's also cool inspiration from DIY and craft ideas to other branded experiences that families can enjoy together.

And this is just the beginning...

Learn more about Disney Imagicademy on the official site!

THE ROCK FATHER was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective. The content and opinions expressed here are that of James Zahn, with input from his kids.

James Zahn

James Zahn is best-known as The Rock Father™, a media personality, commentator, adventurer and raconteur. He is the Owner, Publisher, and Editor-in-Chief of THE ROCK FATHER™ Magazine. In January, 2019, after nearly a decade of publishing The Rock Father™ Magazine, he joined Adventure Media and Events as Senior Editor of The Toy Book—the leading trade publication for the toy industry since 1984, as well as The Pop Insider — a destination for all things pop culture, and The Toy Insider — the leading consumer guide for toys and games. He is also editor of The Toy Report, a weekly newsletter published by The Toy Book each Thursday. Zahn has over 27 years of experience in the entertainment, retail and publishing industries.

He regularly serves as a Brand Ambassador and spokesperson for several Globally-recognized pop culture and lifestyle brands in addition to consulting for a number of toy manufacturers. 

Creatively, James has directed/edited music videos, lyric videos, and album trailers for bands such as FEAR FACTORY, has appeared as an actor in feature films and commercials, written comic books, and performed in bands. He currently serves as an artist manager and video director for PRODUCT OF HATE, whose debut album was released by Napalm Records in 2016, distributed by ADA/Warner Music in the U.S. with Universal Music handling global. A new album has been completed and is set for release this year.

Zahn and/or his work have been featured in/on CNN, NBC, ABC, WGN, CBS, GCTN, G4, The Chicago Tribune, Forbes, MarketWatch, Reuters, BusinessWire, Fangoria, Starlog and more. He's appeared as a music expert on CNN's AC360 alongside Anderson Cooper, and has been interviewed by Larry King. In the past he served as a writer for the Netflix Stream Team,  Fandango Family and PBS KIDS, penned articles for Sprout and PopSugar, and was a contributor to Chicago Parent.

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