What is it
Happy Studio is an app, provided by McDonalds, which encourages children to develop in a range of areas. Players can chose from being a inventor, an artist or a musician. They will also find instructions for a range of offline activities. We understand that the app will be regularly updated to incorporate the current Happy Meal brand and new challenges within the games and activities. Find out more about why we think this app is so special here.
“We’ve loved watching children enjoy playing Happy Studio and having the opportunity to develop across so many areas while they play.” Lucy Gill, Apps , Technology and UX Expert
Be an Inventor
The Inventor section gives children the opportunity to build and test a series of inventions; a rocket, car and pin ball machine; there is lots of trial and error.
Be an Artist
The Artist section allows children to create their own masterpieces (and save them to the device.) There are a range of tools and resources for children to explore; some of the pieces allow the children to use their imagination and get creative where as others give structure and a set of instructions to follow.
Be a Musician
The Musician section of the Happy Studio app allows children to explore one of three musical instruments. There is a practise section where they are given free play and their is a challenge where they have to follow the musical patterns.
Play with Happy
There is also a section where children can play with the Happy character; they earn new features for this section as they complete the activities.
The activities section provides ideas for fun things to do at home (Who am I? Crazy Science Gloop and Guess the Song); each of these activities has clear instructions and a list of skills that will be developed during play.
What our team of testers said
"Wow Mummy we can make a rocket, it's great!" - Boy aged nearly 6
"This is so much fun, love it" - Girl aged 6
"Do you think this would work? I think I need more rocket boosters." - Boy aged 5
- Develops skills in a wide range of areas including: creativity, memory and attention, problem solving skills
- Provides opportunities for children to develop their musicality
- Encourages children to move
- Provides opportunities for children to follow instructions
- Allows for trial and error learning
What our experts think
Happy studio is a brilliant app for developing children in a range of ways! We loved the fact children could chose the way they wanted to explore and that each area allowed them to express their creativity and individuality.
Our testers particularly enjoyed the inventor section; it was great when the inventions were successful, but the children liked watching their failures just as much – there were lots of giggles as their car crashed or the rocket veered off to one side! Trial and error learning is an important skill to develop, children need to realise that it is okay to get things wrong – this app develops this beautifully.
The musician part was challenging and we really liked the way in which it used the correct musical notations; this part of the app also encouraged children to move about, which is so good to see in apps which so often encourage sedentary play.
Creativity was a major focus in this app and it definitely helped children explore their creative side. We liked the variety in the artist section and the way in which children could free play or follow a series of instructions to create their chosen masterpiece.
The activities sections promoted a wide range of skills (including getting active) and we loved the way in which these activities involved cooperative play; they could be used as a means of getting families to interact and have fun together.
We loved the animations and the vibrant colours the app used – these, along with the simple gameplay, make the app very appealing to children. The Happy character was loved by our testers and they liked the way they could interact with him (there were lots of giggles when exploring this section of the app!)
It would be even better if...
We would like to have seen some spoken instructions or videos – this would have made the app more accessible to younger children as well.
Our testers also wanted more! They loved playing the app so much that they wanted each of the sections to contain more for them to do – more musical instruments to choose from, more inventions to explore and more art work to create! We would also like to have seen more ideas in the activity section.
N.B. Fundamentally Children were involved in the development of this app – although it was tested for approval by the Good App Guide by an entirely different team of children and experts.
- Brands: McDonalds, Preloaded
- No 3rd party adverts
- No in-app purchasing
- No internet access required for core features
- Child Restrictions: Yes- appropriate features restricted
- Languages available:
- Apple version: iPad, iPhone, iPod Touch
iOS 7.0 or later
- App Types: Educational Apps
- Types of skills developed:
Art & design
Design & technology
Logic, strategy & problem solving
Memory, concentration & attention
Personal, social & emotional development
Physical & motor skills
Trial and error learning
Understanding the world