Baa Baa Black Sheep - by Duck Duck Moose




Scavenger hunt for toddlers -- with great sense of humor.

What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is incredibly well designed for play by toddlers and preschoolers.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Baa Baa Black Sheep - by Duck Duck Moose is essentially a hidden object game for toddlers. Across several interactive scenes, all based around the nursery rhyme "Baa Baa Black Sheep," kids will need to look for certain hidden items that match the silhouettes at the bottom of the screen. But they don't need to focus on the seek-and-find aspect -- they can also just enjoy the many, many interactive elements of each scene and the app's great odd sense of humor.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition


  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Engagement, Approach, Support


The goofy, irreverent-feeling sense of humor is totally toddler-appropriate. Kids can have a great time just tapping everything they see. The scavenger hunt adds a whole new layer beyond the entertaining interactive story.

Learning Approach

Humor and music build listening and language skills. Though the app's a bit light on learning content, the hidden objects game is a good way to expose kids to words. Shape recognition and a little counting are added, too.


Verbal and written instructions guide adults and kids into the simple hidden objects game. Sometimes, however, kids just need to tap around to find out which objects and characters respond and which do not.

What kids can learn


Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition


  • music


Thinking & Reasoning

  • solving puzzles

Kids can learn some new words and about colors in Baa Baa Black Sheep. The hidden objects part of the story is a great way for kids to get more familiar with those objects. Baa Baa Black Sheep provides a verbal and audio label for those objects, so it's not just about finding and matching the shapes. Also, with each verse, the color of the sheep changes, so kids can learn about colors as well. The app can also help build listening comprehension skills because the closer kids listen, the more lyrics they will discover have been brought to life in the scenes. Baa Baa Black Sheep combines music and discovery in an engaging way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Cynthia Chiong

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What's it about?

Kids can sing along to both "Row, Row, Row Your Boat" and "Baa Baa Black Sheep" while searching for missing objects. Kids navigate a boat while hearing the first song, then sink the anchor to explore underwater while hearing the latter song. Along the way, they can tap on objects and see what funny things happen and uncover the missing objects. They can also tap on the to-be-found objects to see and hear the label.

Is it any good?


Like all the apps from this developer, BAA BAA BLACK SHEEP - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE has a goofy, irreverent-feeling (but totally toddler-appropriate) sense of humor (for example, you'll see a peanut butter sandwich in love with a jellyfish). As the sheep from the "Baa Baa Black Sheep" nursery rhyme make their way onto the boat from "Row Row Row Your Boat," exciting things happen while sailing the sea. Kids can easily have a great time just moving through the nursery rhyme, tapping everything they see and causing all sorts of crazy business to occur. But the scavenger hunt aspect adds a whole new layer that give this app the feel of a true, bona-fide game and not just an entertaining interactive story.

Families can talk about...

  • Sing along with your kids! Make music a part of everyday life.

  • Tap on the objects to hear the labels and talk about those objects as they relate to real life.

  • Talk about the interactive elements and how they relate to the lyrics.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:September 14, 2013
Category:Kids Games
Size:18.00 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.2 or later

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  • Best: Really engaging; great learning approach.
  • Very Good: Engaging; good learning approach.
  • Good: Pretty engaging; good learning approach.
  • Fair: Somewhat engaging; OK learning approach.
  • Not for Learning: Not recommended for learning.
  • Not for Kids: Not age-appropriate for kids; not recommended for learning.

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