Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose

Common Sense Media says

Tots learn to recognize emotions, behaviors with cute app.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is incredibly easy to use, designed for accessibility to preschoolers.

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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

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • making conclusions

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

Bright, charming animals and an uncluttered interface make this app engaging for both solo play and presenting to a group.

Learning Approach

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.

Support

Feedback is limited, so this app is best used with an adult's guidance.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • reading
  • vocabulary

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • analyzing evidence
  • making conclusions

Emotional Development

  • identifying emotions
  • labeling feelings

Kids can learn to identify emotions and social cues by studying the facial expressions and behaviors of the animals. Kids can also develop early reading skills and expand their vocabulary with the app's text and audio support. Kids might struggle to recognize human emotions in the simply drawn faces of Peek-a-Zoo's cartoony animals. For example, determining which of the googly-eyed creatures is surprised is not so obvious. As long as parents are close by to give guidance and support, Peek-a-Zoo gives kids social and emotional learning opportunities rarely seen in mobile apps.

This Learning Rating review was written by Erin Wilkey Oh

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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?

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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.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$.99
Pricing structure:Paid
Release date:November 17, 2011
Category:Books
Size:15.50 MB
Publisher:Duck Duck Moose
Version:1.1
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent Written bydotingmomdew July 4, 2012
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3
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LEARNING

apt for 3 and plus

i would say this app is quite good.. at one point my baby lost her patience.. the main problem is not of many of the young parents know about all these apps. i would suggest everybody to share these apps by using simple ways like utilizing LiveAlbum (livealbum.me). plus point is i could share it my friends with just a click and i could let my friends know (they are parents too) with just an image and few comments that these apps are available in the market. so that it will be beneficial for the other kids too.
Parent of an infant, 3, 5, and 8 year old Written byTaximom4four February 21, 2014
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LEARNING

Love this app!

Just cant' say enough good things about Duck Duck Moose apps, they are just great!
Parent of a 2 year old Written byJill Murphy February 14, 2012
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3
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Better for 3+ or a very patient 2-year-old.

There's no music which makes it a little less entertaining. It also takes A LOT of patience and a 2 year old is ready to tap away.

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