My girls love fairies and music so they were very excited to try this new game on the iPad. Created to introduce children to the world of music, Magic Belles: Magic Music
features seven vibrant mini games to entertain girls between the ages of 3 –
There is one game for each fairy, all featuring musical sounds and lots of interactive features. The vibrant colours and graphics are captivating and the games feature things all little girls love including rainbows, flowers and butterflies.
My girls favourite was the rainbow game. After filling the paint pots from the rainbow, toadstools can be painted and every colour has a different sound. My 3-year-old also likes the butterfly game. The object is to find hidden butterflies and by tapping them reveal their different sounds as they fly away. When all the butterflies have been found a melody is played. My daughter sang along to the notes as she tapped the butterflies and then declared in song what she was going to do next.
My personal favourite is the picnic game. Food is dragged onto the picnic blanket to create a melody. The food can be moved into different positions to change the tune and if you place 2 items of food above one another a chord is played. I also like the dot to dot game for encouraging number recognition in a fun way.
If I could change anything about the app it would be the tone of the sounds used. The notes can be quite harsh and piercing (similar to a tuning fork) and I would suggest keeping the volume low or you are likely to end up with a headache.
My girls have enjoyed this game and I expect that they will look out for more from the fairy characters.
From an educational perspective, it is a useful introduction to melody and harmony but don’t expect your children to become the next Mozart .
Magic Belles: Magic Music is available from the App Store for £1.49 and can be downloaded for iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.