I’m a huge fan of having little celebrations for my boys on days other than their birthdays. Sometimes they’re as small as a themed dinner, other times it’s a full-on party to celebrate one of our favorite subjects, math! This past weekend, we had a few of the boys’ friends over for an Imagicademy Math Party that included toothpick sculptures, robot building, fraction eating, and a chance to try out Disney’s new app, Mickey’s Magical Math World. It was an entire morning filled with mathematical fun!
Our first activity was making sculptures out of toothpicks to work on basic geometric shape recognition and early structure theory. This activity was great for the wide range of ages present. Some of the older kids were busy making complex 3D building or bridge designs while our younger guests were more focused on 2D elementary shapes. It was great seeing parents creating sculptures and having fun right along side their kids!
When building time was over, the kids used the Toothpick Structure Blueprint page to jot down the design they created. It was a great way to add an element of art to the day! Feel free to download the free printable for your own personal use.
After all the toothpicks were put away and the sour gummies were eaten (mostly by the parents!), we passed out the Roll-A-Robot printable with a pencil and die. This is a super fun activity that can be completed by yourself or as a game with a group of kids. The rules are really easy! All you do is roll the die and draw the corresponding robot body part. If playing as a group, the first person who draws a complete robot wins!
As the kids were finishing their robots, we gradually made our way over to the TV room where we had the Mickey’s Magical Math World app available to play on our iPad. Initially, we were worried that only one or two kids would be able to enjoy the app at a time but, with the help of Apple TV’s AirPlay, all the kids enjoyed watching each other play!
Our boys are still really young so, whether it be the TV or computer, we don’t give them a whole lot of screen time. It’s because of that limited access that when we do let them play on the iPad, we are really particular with what we allow. Luckily, Disney Imagicademy has paired with top education experts to create some amazing research-driven apps that both parents and children will love!
In Mickey’s Magical Math World, there are five sections led by different classic Disney characters. From shape recognition to early problem solving, each of the categories cover important math concepts in an easy and fun way. This has become both of my boys’ (3 yrs and 5 yrs) go-to game during their allotted screen time. Making and playing with the robots in Minnie’s Robot Playground is their favorite. We can’t wait to get our hands on the other Imagicademy app, Disney’s Magical Art World!
Between creating toothpick sculptures, building a robot, eating fraction pizza, and following Mickey around his Magical Math World, we all had such a great time at the Math Party. Everyone left with an amazing Disney Imagicademy goody bag with a customized graduation certificate so the math fun could continue at home!
I highly suggest you check out the Mickey’s Magical Math World App if you have kids between the ages of 3-8. It really is such a fun way to practice basic math concepts! Also, don’t forget to download the Disney Imagicademy Parents Free App to keep up to date on the latest Imagicademy news, receive free educational activities to do with your kids, and keep track of your children’s progress.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls Collective and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.