Mickey's Shapes Sing-Along by Disney Imagicademy

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Catchy tunes teach properties of shapes; kids karaoke along.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn shapes, including the square, circle, triangle, rectangle, hexagon, and rhombus. They also can practice counting by tens. Since the songs for each shape are the same in each activity, kids will hear them a lot, making learning them easier. The sing-alongs are really fun, but more depth and challenge with the games would be nice. Through song, Mickey's Shapes Sing-Along delivers the attributes of different shapes in a fun, interactive way.

Ease of Play

Kids may need help discovering that they can record their own singing, karaoke-style. Controls mostly intuitive; some verbal direction from Mickey.

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Logo and shopping cart on the start page advertise other apps in the Imagicademy suite. Access to the app store requires entering an adult's age.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Mickey's Shapes Sing-Along is part of the Imagicademy suite of apps featuring Disney Clubhouse characters teaching preschool concepts. Unlike the other apps, though, Mickey's Shapes Sing-Along does not include in-app purchases or connect to the Imagicademy parental control features. Kids can watch videos of songs about shapes, sing along karaoke-style and record their voices, or play games with shapes. The song recordings can be saved and accessed in-app, but there are no sharing options.

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What's it about?

Kids choose from three options: sing, watch, or play in MICKEY'S SHAPES SING-ALONG BY DISNEY IMAGICADEMY. They can watch animated music videos of "The Square Song," "The Circle Song," and "Count by Tens." The play option includes games with the shape songs playing in the background. Kids tap the shapes or trace the shapes while the songs play. The sing option is the real showstopper, though. Kids can sing along karaoke-style to songs about squares, circles, triangles, ovals, rhombuses, rectangles, hexagons, and counting by tens. They also can record their singing and save it in-app to replay.

Is it any good?

Mickey's Shapes Sing-Along by Disney Imagicademy hits some high notes with its singing features but falls a little short in other areas. As expected of Disney songs, the shapes tunes are really catchy, so kids and parents alike will be singing them in no time. The lyrics are simple, repetitive, and fact-filled to help kids not only recognize the shapes but also understand their attributes: "One, two, three, four straight sides make a square. Four equal straight sides, four equal corners."  The games give kids a little hands-on practice identifying and drawing shapes, but they aren't the real standouts. Giving kids the option to record their own singing is the main attraction, so once kids have heard the songs a few times, they'll feel ready to sing along, which will help cement the facts in their minds. Unfortunately, since kids learning shapes are usually prereaders, the words on the screen won't help them; instead, they'll need to hear the song many, many times to learn it. The app recommends headphones when it opens, and parents likely will agree the 10th time through the songs. The breadth of shapes covered is impressive for a preschool app, too, using both diamonds and rhombuses and including hexagons. Pentagons and octagons are notably absent, though.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about shapes they encounter each day. Ask kids to find circles or triangles or squares as you drive, eat, or play.

  • Give kids a package of chenille stems and have them form different shapes, or make the corners of each shape and have your kid play connect the dots, naming the shapes as they go.

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