What we love…

Bright and colorful, fun and easy to play, just the way toddlers and preschoolers like them.

What we’d love to see…

[In response to our suggestions, a more child-friendly menu and Parent’s Section have been added with the update on Sep 18 2013, Yay!]

Summary

A collection of 6 developmentally-appropriate preschool games that provides lots of play and learning opportunities.

Our Rating

DuckieDeck Collection: Educational Games for Kids! by Duckie Deck Development is another great collection of preschool learning games from the creators of the unique Sharing with Duckie Deck. Just like how they managed to squeeze in many words into the app name, they also packed lots of play and learning opportunities in this collection of 6 games for children aged 2-5.

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Since I don’t have a child in that age group, I got it field-tested by a few toddlers and preschoolers who were with their parents and siblings in the waiting areas of hospitals and therapy centers. At first, the young players didn’t know what to do on the opening page but once they were shown what to do, they wasted no time in exploring further. The app doesn’t give any instructions, verbal or written as the games are actually very easy to play, older kids and adults can easily figure them out and teach the young ones. During the field tests, there was certainly no lack of ready help from over enthusiastic siblings and observers! What I like best was how parents instinctively knew what was significant about each game and they seized the opportunity to teach their kids new vocabulary words, new knowledge and important life values.

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In the first game, parents can teach kids about 9 types of fruits and vegetables, their names, how the plants and flowers look like, where do they grow, how they are picked from the plant, how they look like after being eaten, counting and most importantly, how kids have to eat them all up before the app proceeds to the next page. Playing this game helps develop better hand-eye coordination and fine-motor skills.

In the second game, kids tap on a magician’s hat and a random surprise springs out of it. Kids can take turns with their parents or friends guessing what is the next surprise and just having fun together.

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It’s feeding time at the zoo in the third game. This game is great for teaching the names of animals and what food each of them eat. Parents can also draw their kids’ attention to the animals’ reaction to the different food offered. The app doesn’t forget that the zookeeper and his potted flower plant need nourishment as well.

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If your child is afraid of the dark, you’ll want to help him get used to the darkness with the fourth game. Here, we can encourage young children to use their rich imagination to think of happy and positive thoughts in unknown situations just like how a seemingly scary monster in the dark turns out to be a cute and playful character when the lights are turned on.

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Young children naturally like to imitate adults cleaning up but may not get the opportunity to do so in reality. So test out your child’s competence in the fifth game which lets him use a vacuum, mop or a broom to clean a room.  This is great for hand strengthening exercises.

The sixth game is a matching game of animal/monster body parts. With 10 different characters to match, your kids may be tempted to mix the body parts up instead to create their own version of monsters. This promises lots of smiles.

Duckie DeckHaving reviewed mostly apps for older kids, I sometimes forget that such a simple but didactic app is actually developmentally appropriate for younger kids, with just the right amount of challenges and interactions and a music that is not too loud or overwhelming. There are no words in this app and children derive the most benefits from it when parents are engaged in play at the same time. After all, parents are the best teachers for the little ones, the app is just a learning tool. If you are looking for an educational app that provides endless fun and encourages parent-child bonding, get a Duckie Deck app!  You won’t go wrong with it.

 

 

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DuckieDeck Collection: Educational Games for Toddlers! – Duckie Deck Development

Duckie Deck Collection Duckie Deck Collection by Duckie Deck Development
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone3GS-iPhone-3GS, iPhone4-iPhone4, iPodTouchFourthGen-iPodTouchFourthGen, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 90.62 MB

$2.99USD

NOTE: A fee was received to expedite this review to the top of our waiting list but this payment has not influenced the objectivity of the review and all opinions have been offered honestly.

Giveaway

To celebrate the launch of the new app, the developer has given us 5 copies of their first app to give away. Sharing with DuckieDeck is a 6-in-1 Educational Games for Preschoolers and Toddlers in which they can learn life skills, draw animals, decorate cake, paint pictures, share toys, match gifts, solve puzzles and have fun!

I personally like Sharing more than the Collection. It is better put-together with tips to help parents teach about sharing, a topic rarely discussed in apps for very young children. This app was free for a few months but if you have missed the boat, here’s a chance for you to win this must-have preschool educational app.

Sharing with DuckieDeck – 6 in 1 Educational Games for Kids – Duckie Deck Development

Sharing with Duckie Deck Sharing with Duckie Deck by Duckie Deck Development
Category: Education, Games, Family
Requirements: Compatible with iPhone4-iPhone4, iPad2Wifi-iPad2Wifi, iPad23G-iPad23G, iPhone4S-iPhone4S, iPadThirdGen-iPadThirdGen, iPadThirdGen4G-iPadThirdGen4G, iPhone5-iPhone5, iPodTouchFifthGen-iPodTouchFifthGen, iPadFourthGen-iPadFourthGen, iPadFourthGen4G-iPadFourthGen4G, iPadMini-iPadMini, iPadMini4G-iPadMini4G, iPhone5c-iPhone5c, iPhone5s-iPhone5s, iPadAir-iPadAir, iPadAirCellular-iPadAirCellular, iPadMiniRetina-iPadMiniRetina, iPadMiniRetinaCellular-iPadMiniRetinaCellular, iPhone6-iPhone6, iPhone6Plus-iPhone6Plus, iPadAir2-iPadAir2, iPadAir2Cellular-iPadAir2Cellular, iPadMini3-iPadMini3, iPadMini3Cellular-iPadMini3Cellular, iPodTouchSixthGen-iPodTouchSixthGen, iPhone6s-iPhone6s, iPhone6sPlus-iPhone6sPlus, iPadMini4-iPadMini4, iPadMini4Cellular-iPadMini4Cellular, iPadPro-iPadPro, iPadProCellular-iPadProCellular, iPadPro97-iPadPro97, iPadPro97Cellular-iPadPro97Cellular, iPhoneSE-iPhoneSE, iPhone7-iPhone7, iPhone7Plus-iPhone7Plus, iPad611-iPad611, iPad612-iPad612, iPad71-iPad71, iPad72-iPad72, iPad73-iPad73, iPad74-iPad74, iPhone8-iPhone8, iPhone8Plus-iPhone8Plus, iPhoneX-iPhoneX
Size: 124.61 MB

$2.99USD

If you would like to win a promo code for Sharing with DuckieDeck, please enter via the widget below. Winners will be emailed and must contact The iMums within 48 hours to claim their prize. This giveaway is open to everyone, worldwide, and an iTunes account is required to claim the prize. Please ensure you have read and understand our Terms & Conditions. Good luck!

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Grace was working in the fields of early childhood education and staff training before quitting to attend to her 4 children full time. She and her family live in Singapore, which is well known for her highly competitive education system.

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