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learning apps for stormy winter days {Disney}

This time of year kids can often become trapped indoors due to the weather, be it snow or rain.  Here in Palm Springs it has been dumping snow on the mountains and we’ve taken every opportunity to partake in snowball fights and snow angels, but my gosh, the rain here in the valley has been monsoon style.

#DisneyImagicademy  in_the_know_mom snowball fight

My oldest kiddo, almost 8, is a self-proclaimed “desert rat” used to 120 degree summers and her sledding usually involves sand dunes, not snow piles.  So when that glorious time of winter comes to town, she’s all in.

#DisneyImagicademy in_the_know_mom

She loves it so much, she can create hearts made of snow!  Okay, it was totally random, but I’m super happy I had the camera out when it happened.

#DisneyImagicademy  in_the_know_mom snow heart

We broke out the tent and went camping for some much needed rest and relaxation during this crazy hectic season.  And while the afternoon weather was a perfect high 20’s with a warm sun and lots of snow most of the time, it did rain – driving us into the tent for refuge.

One can only play a certain amount of solitaire before the iPad comes out… and so it did.  It seemed like the perfect opportunity to play a new learning app I downloaded (for free) Mickey’s Magical Math World, part of a new learning brand created for 3-8 year olds that harnesses the power of imagination and creativity to learn.  Most importantly, it’s Disney.

Math + Disney = magic

#DisneyImagicademy in_the_know_Mom

We embrace technology in this family. I mean we love to get outside as well as you can see, but any tools to keep my daughter learning and I want it.  Within Mickey’s Magical Math World kids will learn and practice fundamental math skills like shapes, sorting, problem solving, count along and addition/subtraction.  My 7, almost 8 year old is on the higher end of the spectrum for this app so she wasn’t challenged, but it was still great exercise for the brain.  I could see this app being a great warm-up before math homework!

The long-loved Disney Characters (Mickey, Minnie, Donald and Goofy) keep kids sucked into the app, which is brilliance.  The animations are undeniably adorable and kids just want to see what happens next, learning along the way.  It will be really amazing for my 2 year old as he gets older so I definitely will be keeping this one and the others in a folder for him!

#DisneyImagicademy in_the_know_mom

To go along with the app is the Disney Imagicademy for parents that answers the question “what can I do today to help my child grow?” with articles, games, crafts, activities and tips.  This is a great resource for involved parents who want to keep their kids challenged, because coming up with new ideas can become difficult after awhile!  Within this app parents can also keep tabs on their kids’ progress and success in the Math World app and offer up virtual high fives.

Disney Imagicademy apps are available exclusively for iPad and can currently be found on Apple’s App Store in the Kids, Education and Entertainment categories.

 

How do you keep your kids engaged on stormy winter days inside?

 

I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.

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14 Comments

  1. December 19, 2014 at 11:39 am — Reply

    I am going to have to check these out. We just got the kids iPads for Christmas so they stay off of mine and I am in need to some new apps for my daughter. Thanks for sharing these!

  2. December 19, 2014 at 11:46 am — Reply

    How fun is this?? I hadn’t heard of this one yet. But my little one absolutely LOVES anything related to Disney- especially Minnie and Mickey :) Perfect!!

  3. December 19, 2014 at 1:07 pm — Reply

    First, what amazing pictures and how much fun! Second, this looks like a wonderful app! We’re always looking for new apps for the iPad and anything Disney is a hit in our home!

  4. December 19, 2014 at 2:16 pm — Reply

    I have to fight to keep them inside. My kids all think (even the grown ones if they’re home visiting) that snowstorms are for playtime!

  5. December 19, 2014 at 2:25 pm — Reply

    What absolutely stunning photos! It definitely looks like a great way to relax inside on a snowy day!

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