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.
Mickey'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 Shapes, Minnie's Robot Count-Along, Donald's Number Launcher, Daisy'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.
On 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.