Duckie Deck Trash Toys

Common Sense Media says

Discarded and found items inspire creativity, "upcycling."

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Learning(i)

What parents need to know

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. 

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety

The privacy policy is available on the developer's website and linked in the App Store but is not included in-app. No personal or location data is collected. Only anonymous usage data is used.

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.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • playing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Kids will be delighted by the fun creatures they can make with the huge selection of items. They can move items if they want, too, to perfect their design.

Learning Approach

The app inspires kids to create with the resources they're given, and that inspiration can transfer into hands-on creations. Kids are empowered to choose the objects and place them wherever they want to make their trash toy.

Support

Creations are saved to the camera roll. There's minimal instruction by design so that kids are inspired and free to create.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Arts

  • playing

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • part-whole relationships

Creativity

  • imagination
  • making new creations

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.

This Learning Rating review was written by Amanda Bindel

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?

QUALITY
 

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.

Families can talk 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. 

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$2.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:May 1, 2014
Category:Education
Topics:Arts and dance
Size:54.90 MB
Publisher:Duckie Deck Development
Version:1.0
Minimum software requirements:iOS 5.0 or later

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