What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose is an app game that asks children to look at different groups of cartoon animal characters and distinguish which ones are exhibiting a specific trait or behavior ("Who is crying?" "Who is surprised?" "Who is angry?"). It's super simple to use, making it a nice tool for toddlers and preschoolers to use in terms of learning social cues.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- analyzing evidence
- making conclusions
- identifying emotions
- labeling feelings
Engagement, Approach, Support
Bright, charming animals and an uncluttered interface make this app engaging for both solo play and presenting to a group.
Kids learn by viewing the animals' reactions, expressions, and movements and making conclusions about what they mean. Kids also learn via repetition, as the same questions are repeated.
Feedback is limited, so this app is best used with an adult's guidance.
What's it about?
In Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose, kids answer "Who is (blank)?" questions by tapping on one of eight animated animals. On the opening screen, kids meet the Duck Duck Moose cast of animals, one for each letter of the alphabet. For the main activity, kids hear and see a question at the top of the screen, then tap an animal to answer. The questions are about emotions, actions, activities, positions, or attire. For example, kids might get the question "Who is angry?"; to answer, they have to interpret the facial expressions of the eight animals.
Is it any good?
PEEK-A-ZOO BY DUCK DUCK MOOSE is a wonderful app for preschoolers and even toddlers. Its cute, colorful animal characters are appealing, and its simple point-and-touch controls can be mastered by anyone of any age. It schools very young children in the type of social and emotional learning that you don't see incorporated into many video games. Can your child recognize which animal is tired by seeing one of them yawn? Can she point out the angry animal by noticing the arched brows and frown? Plus, there's a lot about simply recognizing and naming common behaviors (waving, turning backwards, etc.). It's educational in a less-expected way.
Families can talk about...
Think out loud for your kids to help them expand their vocabulary and identify the cues for each question. For example, say, "We know the dog is crying because he has tears by his eyes."
Use the vocabulary in Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose to help your kids identify their own emotions.