Duckie Deck Trash Toys

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."

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age 14+
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Educational Value

Kids will learn to take risks and create. There's no right or wrong way to make a trash toy; kids get the freedom to create with a huge array of tools and resources. While they'll have fun playing with the app, the great take-away is that kids will see how easy it is to create something good and fun from what others might consider trash. Duckie Deck Trash Toys is a fun preschool app, but its beauty comes in what it will inspire kids to do offscreen.

Ease of Play

The interface doesn't include any distractions (like parent settings) and it advances automatically to the next step. Kids just drag objects into place. They can turn objects into other positions, but the fine motor skills required for that may be be tricky for some preschoolers. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Duckie Deck Trash Toys is a virtual creation tool made for preschoolers. Kids choose from a variety of recycled and found items and make creatures. Kids aren't limited by how many items they can add to their creature. No ads, parent settings, or instructions distract or limit kids. They are totally free to be as creative as they want.

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What's it about?

DUCKIE DECK TRASH TOYS lets kids turn trash into fun creatures. Kids start by selecting a piece of trash -- a plastic cup, a milk carton, a snack wrapper, etc. Then they spray paint it their choice of colors and choose from more recycled items to create a face, hair, arms, and legs. Kids can add as much or as little as they want, and then take a picture of their creation to save it to the camera roll.

Is it any good?

Nothing distracts kids from creating here. No parents section. No settings. No instructions. Kids will be inspired to both reuse items and to create -- both great lessons to learn from an app. It's a great setup for young makers -- no rules and lots of resources. The variety of materials gives kids almost endless options for creativity, and making the creatures is really fun. Objects can be rotated and turned but not resized, which is a bit frustrating. Even so, Duckie Deck Trash Toys will inspire lots of fun.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Pull out the recycle bin, dig around for discarded objects, and create together. 

  • Add an "upcycle" bin to your home. Recycle some items; compost some; trash some. But save paper rolls, clean pieces of aluminum foil, milk cartons, egg cartons, etc., to be upcycled into art.

  • Talk about how the shapes and sizes of the creatures' eyes, nose, and mouth change his appearance. Ask kids what they think the creature is feeling. 

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For kids who love to be creative

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