I personally have known many “girly-girls” who have grown up to be lawyers, business executives, movie producers, costumers, artists, writers, actresses, lawyers, doctors, and fashionistas with all due flare. Both girls and boys can chase dreams of castles, rainbows, unicorns or princesses. Early love of magical rainbows and princess glimmer does not tell us of the adults we will become.
However, sometimes we adults want to interject a bit of school readiness during the stage of development when some young children limit their interests to castles, fairy princesses, unicorns, rainbows, and anything in pink! So here are five clever resources that do just that.
(Please Note: those with an * are especially helpful for adding multi-culturalism, multi-lingualism, and/or multi-racial imagery to your princess collections. Love that!)
* 1. Dress Up Princess Math (by Hooda Math) lets young players costume a charming princess by using operations of addition, subtraction, multiplication, and division to practice math facts and earn new tiaras and gowns for her. This app is a beauty for combining learning themes with dressing up!
2. Disney Princess: Story Theater is a great app for family touchscreen time, and it can help nudge girls beyond passive listening/watching of princess fairy tales toward the empowering activity of authoring their own tales (using voice recording capabilities to assist the shy or the dramatic princesses in your life.)
* 3. Super Why! (by PBS Kids) gives kids a superhero team of four that includes the fabulous young Princess Presto. Her magic wand is needed (along with player skill & knowledge) for discovering letter sounds, tracing letters, and writing/spelling words and more! Happily, there are numerous images of empowered girls pictured in this app who are not princesses in the least.
4. Rainbow Catcher (by Mrs. Judd’s Games) is fun for kids and parents alike. Players aim matching rainbow drops to connect at least 3 of like color, and help clear away a beautiful swirling rainbow for an adorable unicorn. Encouraging eye-hand coordination and matching skills, it also demonstrates how addition and multiplication combine in a two-step math equation needed in scoring. Great for your little princess!
* 5. Princess Arabella Wants To Play “plus” (by RumdeeDum) is the interactive version of Mylo Freeman’s popular princess storybook with multicultural themes. With long pages of text it promotes strong listening skills, as it introduces a child princess who is trying to find a playmate. After 5 short chapters, its conclusion encourages a young reader to also imagine the next chapter on their own. English is the default, yet parents can change the text and voiceover to Dutch, French or German.