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Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play

Mickey Mouse Clubhouse Paint & Play

Fall 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 3 - 5 yrs.
Developer: Disney
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Upon opening the app, the player is greeted by Mickey and Minnie Mouse standing beside images of three locations: a living room, a kitchen and a garden. Arrows below the choices cycle through Spring, Fall and Winter in each location. Players choose a destination and season to paint and which character to place where. After painting Mickey or Minnie, a magic wand turns them into 3D characters who guide player/artists through the all-white rendering, suggesting objects to paint. A book icon in the upper right reveals coloring page. When players choose an object, a variety of drawing and painting tools appear. Upon completion, a magic wand turns the paint job into a texture map for the 3D object and it appears in the room. Each location has special features like a symmetrical drawing tool and pumpkin carving in the garden, a Mouseke-music player in the living room and cupcake baking in the kitchen. The Mouseke-music player can be used to either listen to music or record songs. Winter places a Christmas tree and Menorah in the living room. If fall is selected, Minnie wanders around the garden full of pumpkins.

A fun way to experiment with color, drawing tools, and textures and see the differences between line drawings and fully formed 3D images.

Kristin Harris   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Kristin Reiber Harris is an artist, animator and educator who has created over 50 short form animations with a focus on educational media for young children. Her work has been broadcast on HBO Family and screened in numerous film festivals around the country. She is currently developing interactive media introducing young children to great works of art through stories. Kristin writes about her interests in kids, art and technology at

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