Hi friends! As you know, here in One Artsy Mama land we are dealing with snow, ice, wind and cooooooold temperatures! I don’t know about you, but it gets increasingly difficult to find activities to fill up our day as we’re stuck inside all the time. Disney came to the rescue this week with their newest app release in the Disney Imagicademy series, “Mickey’s Magical Arts World“! In Mickey’s Magical Arts World, children are invited to join Mickey and his friends in the most imaginative place around, as they explore a fully immersive world of creative arts. The boys fell in love with this app the minute they laid eyes on it. In fact, I can’t get them to STOP playing it, unless I hide the iPad in my bedroom! Mickey’s Magical Arts World is part of the newest Disney program, Disney Imagicademy. Disney Imagicademy is a new learning brand designed for families with children ages 3 to 8 to inspire a natural love of learning and encourage kids to learn by creating, making and doing. By combining the beloved Disney characters with such an array of activities, it’s a match made in heaven for my almost 4 and 5 year olds!
The opening screen allows the boys to choose from five different areas of creativity, and they always have a hard time choosing where to start!
Prince C’s favorite section is the drawing section. You can draw your own doodle, or pick out one that’s already provided, and it teaches you step by step how to draw it (all Prince C has to do is trace over the lines). You can choose colors, drawing utensils, and really let your creativity soar! But that’s not even the coolest part!
Prince C can create a person in the drawing program. Once he’s done, Disney magic makes his character come alive and interact with Mickey! Anything Prince C draws also shows up animated, in the town scenes. You can see his balloon flying, his person walking, even a ball bouncing down the street. They are all one-of-a-kind Prince C creations and he LOVES showing them off to his father and I!
Disney takes it a step further when the boys visit Donald and Daisy’s theater! They get to pick casting (by choosing one of the people they have created), get to do hair and add costumes to their drawing, and even record lines (like sound effects or a joke). Once they’re done, they can watch their character come alive in a short Disney film, starring alongside pals like Mickey or Goofy. The boys seriously can’t stop doing this one (and they make Mommy record a lot of lines)!
If the boys want to get a little musical, they can create their own marching band with Mickey, and adjust everything from the song, the tempo, even what instruments are being used, and watch the band parade down the street!
If you visit Minnie, you can create and design your own buildings by adding textures, colors, windows, and doors. Prince C loves alternating patterns, while Bam Bam likes adding windows!
Finally, if the boys want to experiment with arts and crafts, and not make a mess, they can go see Goofy to create all kinds of toys. There are stamps, and rollers, and textures, and oddly enough, Prince C’s favorite, dipping things into cheese. Ha! When they are finished, the toys will appear alongside of their other creations in the virtual town.
While the boys played their app, I took a chance to peruse Disney’s newest app for parents, Disney Imagicademy Parents. Disney Imagicademy Parents is an all-new free app that serves as a parent’s ‘go-to’ resource to connect with the Imagicademy community and gather information that can be used to engage with their child in meaningful ways. The app answers the question, “What can I do today to help my child grow?’” through daily articles and Imagicademy-inspired activities designed to help spark creativity and encourage imaginative learning. Disney Imagicademy Parents also serves as a portal into children’s Mickey’s Magical Math World (which we talked about HERE) and Mickey’s Magical Arts 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.
After looking at Disney Imagicademy Parents, I became inspired and came up with a project to do with my own boys, that could encourage more creativity and thinking outside the box!
-Hot Glue Gun
-Dry Erase Vinyl (optional)
Steps 1-2: Cut your box. (I cut the bottom front flap, and opened the back up.) Glue on pieces of cardstock on the sides and top. I added a piece of dry erase vinyl on the top, so we could write and change out the titles of the plays easily.
Step 3: Curtains! Cut two strips of fabric that match the height and width of your stage. Fold over the tops and put a line of hot glue. This will form a pocket for your dowel rod. You can sew of course, but we’re going for quick here, and hot glue worked just fine!
Step 4: Hang your curtains. I just poked a hole in the box on one side, slid the dowel through, threaded the curtains, and poked the dowel through the opposite side.
It was showtime! Prince C immediately gave his play a name, and started acting out an epic tale of dragons and a big lake for his brother.
Even Daddy got in the action and told his own tale complete with voices and sound effects! This was such a great chance for all of us to be creative together. Disney’s goal with all of these new apps is to not only foster creative thinking and educational learning, but to encourage families to grow and learn together, which is exactly what happened on this snowy day.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.