A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this app.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Squish: Mickey Mouse Clubhouse mimics sculpting with clay, starting from a simple shape such as a circle or a square and progressing to the more sophisticated shapes of Mickey Mouse Clubhouse characters. Kids can add accessories, such as hats and bows, change the colors of the clay, and twist and turn and squish it. The real emphasis is on destroying the creations -- melting them in the Melter, blowing them up in the Inflaterator, and spinning them into smithereens in the Twisterator. Kids can save their creations in-app and to the camera roll.
What's it about?
SQUISH: MICKEY MOUSE CLUBHOUSE starts at the assembly line, where kids choose to create something new or get right down to squishing. To create, kids choose a shape of a character or a circle or square of clay and then use the tools to stretch, add shapes, or push the clay around. To squish, they choose their squisher: a bubble that pops the sculpture into pieces; two blow-dryers that melt the creation; the Inflaterator, which blows up the creation until it pops; or the Twisterator, which spins it into pieces.
Is it any good?
Squish isn't so much a creativity app as it is a destruction app -- and it's certainly dark and shocking fun for some of the preschool set. Sensitive kids may not get a thrill out of watching their favorite characters break into bits and pieces or melt before their eyes, though. Kids have several options to customize their sculptures, with categories such as shapes, tools, accessories, facial features, and body parts. The sculpting part is not even close to realistic. Kids simply push the clay around or stretch it. If parents are looking for a clay-sculpting app, this isn't going to fit the bill, but there's enough variety and shock value to entertain kids at some length.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about the creations kids have made. Let kids show them off to you and demonstrate (if they want) how to destroy them, too.
An app can't replace the fun and value (for strengthening hand muscles for writing and fine motor skills) of squishing clay. Make some homemade dough, or buy some clay or dough and get squishing.
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