Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra

App review by
Mieke VanderBorght, Common Sense Media
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Have fun and make simple music with common objects.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn about the musical potential in the sounds common household items make. Run a pencil across a comb, pop bubble wrap, or bang on some pots and revel in the satisfying noises that result. Seeing the digital version may even inspire kids to gather up objects in real life and experiment. When kids layer the sounds, they'll also experiment with beat, rhythm, melody, and more and listen to how the sounds work together to create a harmonious whole. Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra provides kids with a handful of tools for musical exploration.

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duckie Deck Homemade Orchestra encourages kids to explore different sounds and make lots of noise. Kids can listen to sounds made from a variety of "instruments" made from household objects, play the sounds on their own, or explore how they work together. Even young kids should navigate the simple interface with ease, though toddlers may need help toggling among play modes. There are no recording or other fancy features here; it's just plain and simple exploration. Read the developer's privacy policy for details on the kinds of information collected and shared. 

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What's it about?

Tap the screen to make music with DUCKIE DECK HOMEMADE ORCHESTRA. A variety of unconventional instruments such as bubble wrap, fingers snapping, and glasses with different amounts of water make unique sounds. Use one of two modes: Explore each instrument's sound one by one, or see a matrix of eight instruments in "Play" mode. Tap to turn each on and off to hear how they sound alone or together, and use the shuffle button to refresh the screen and get different instruments.

Is it any good?

Kids are bound to get a kick out of this simple and playful exploration of fun noises made from everyday household objects. It's super easy to navigate and use, making it very accessible even for young kids. And what kid doesn't like turning up the volume and making a mess of different noises? Luckily for parents, the noises always come together nicely, which also lets kids explore concepts of beat, rhythm, melody, and musical layering. With a few more features, such as a record button, kids might spend some more time with this app. But, as it is, it's a fun, quick diversion for experimenting with a nice variety of sounds.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about musical concepts such as beat, rhythm, melody, and more. Try out each sound and ask kids, what does this sound do? Does it help keep the beat like a drum? Does it carry a tune?

  • Encourage your kids to look around the house and pull out some objects to make their own music. Help them take the lead from the app's "instruments" for inspiration, but also let them use their imaginations in exploring how to make different noises with the objects they find.

  • Play together with your kids and help them experiment with using different numbers of sounds together and combining sounds in different ways.

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