Duckie Deck Collection

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Sweet mini-games let toddlers "do it myself!"

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Educational value

Kids can learn healthy habits and responsibility through role play. Toddlers observe and interact with their environment to learn, and Duckie Deck Collection lets them role play some of the activities they've observed in their world -- like feeding animals and cleaning floors. They'll learn about healthy fruits and vegetables, where they grow, and how to eat them. They can overcome their fear of the dark by seeing that what seems scary in the dark is not threatening at all in the light. Parents can boost kids' learning with Duckie Deck Collection by playing alongside them, talking to them, and relating to their experiences.

Ease of play

The interface is all tap and explore. No instructions are necessary as kids discover what each mini-game offers through exploration.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duckie Deck Collection includes six totally toddler-friendly discovery activities. Each activity is high-interest for little ones, and gives them control -- just what toddlers are often battling for. They'll clean the floors, pick the fruits and vegetables, and feed the animals. They get to be magicians, pulling objects from a magic hat and matching up the right three-part puzzle pieces to make an animal. They'll also get to overcome their worry about what's lurking in the dark when they turn on the lights. It's all easy for toddlers and preschoolers to explore with no in-app purchases or privacy issues. There are no instructions, just safe and fun exploration.

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What's it about?

Toddlers explore, discover, and do six activities. They'll pick fruits and vegetables and then eat them. At the zoo, they'll choose the right food for different animals, and then they can swipe through a puzzle, matching the head, body, and legs. Around the house, kids sweep, mop, or vacuum the floors, seeing them come clean as they work. As magicians, they tap their magic wand to pull surprises from a hat, and they overcome fears of the dark by turning on the lights to find that scary-looking monsters are actually sweet and cuddly creatures.

Is it any good?

DUCKIE DECK COLLECTION is a sweet, age-appropriate experience for the youngest app users. It's pegged for ages 2 to 5 but is unlikely to hold the interest of older preschoolers for very long. Little ones, however, will be delighted to be in charge of familiar activities -- like cleaning up at home and feeding animals. There are no instructions, so kids can explore and figure out each activity on their own, and there's nothing at all to distract them or get them lost -- no parent links, no setup screen, no ads. The sound effects for the dark activity is ominous, and the creatures in the dark are meant to be frightening, so parents may want to be nearby to comfort and explain that activity to kids.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Toddlers crave control and independence. Let them "do it" themselves by putting sturdy stools in the bathrooms and kitchen so they can see and help. Light switch extenders make it easy for kids to turn lights off and on themselves.

  • Give toddlers kid-sized tools for household chores -- like their own mop or broom -- so they can help. A spray bottle of water with a bit of vinegar and a cleaning cloth will occupy a toddler for quite a while, and they'll proudly clean.

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