A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this app.
While Old MacDonald – by Duck Duck Moose was created with some educational intent, it appears to have limited learning potential. This is really more of an app for kids to enjoy and sing along to a familiar song. The interactive elements associated with each verse give an old song a new feel. They are meant for kids to discover and explore rather than to explicitly teach. The humor in some of the features makes some verses more memorable than others and makes the song engaging. Don’t be surprised if your kids ask for your copy of The New Yorker!
Ease of Play
The app is designed incredibly well for use by toddlers and preschoolers.
Products & Purchases
A button on the title page takes you to an app store page where you can purchase other apps by the same publisher.
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Old MacDonald - by Duck Duck Moose is a basically an interactive music video for the classic children's song. As the song plays, and the scene changes with each new stanza (but only when the child wants to move on), kids can tap, poke, or slide objects onscreen, causing all sorts of silly things to happen. The app runs in an endless loop, so the fun doesn't need to end when the song does.
Is It Any Good?
OLD MACDONALD - BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE has more of the publisher's trademark humor -- the kind of sight gags that are very silly, yet feel somehow sophisticated at the same time (a pig paints a portrait, a cow reads "the Moo Yorker"). They'll definitely make kids laugh, and quite possibly adults, too. Even the classic song itself is turned on its head at times ("Old MacDonald had a bulldozer?"). Exploring each scene and finding out what he or she can make happen is half the fun for kids, though. And a cool feature allows kids to record themselves singing "Old MacDonald." Loads of fun all around.
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