Kids sometimes have problems with sharing, but it is an important lesson that they should learn early on in life. Aiming to assist in this aspect is our app pick of the day, Sharing with Duckie Deck.
Sharing is Caring
Sharing with Duckie Deck is an interesting app built around the belief that kids should also learn about important life values. The idea is to help kids understand why sharing is important, and overcome their difficulties in sharing through fun mini games.
The app consists of six activities. Four of them are role-playing activities that simulate various social situations where sharing is necessary, while the other two are additional mini games that can be played with a group of friends.
Below are all the activities that you can find in the app:
Goodies. In this activity, the task is to distribute foods amongst four children. The app doesn't force you to split the foods evenly, but it does provide social cues by making the child look sad when you leave his or her plate empty.
Pie in the Sky. A creative activity that frees you to decorate cakes with sprinkles, frosting, candles, and so on. The app then cuts the finished cake into three even pieces, which you must plate equally to feed your friends.
Gimmie Gimmie. An excellent activity that gets children thinking logically while teaching them about compromise. Here, you are tasked to distribute a bunch of toys amongst three children. The catch is each child has his/her own dream toys, so you have to work out an arrangement that will make everyone happy.
Toy Joy. Here, you sit with three other children who each has a different toy. You can request to exchange your toy with theirs, or be content playing with yours.
Win Win. A simple memory game where you flip cards in a 4x4 grid to find all matching pairs.
Scribble & Dribble. A drawing and painting activity. You choose from a number of pictures to trace, and then paint over it using a rainbow of colors.
Playing each activity will earn you colorful stickers. However, these are reset every time you leave the app.
Parents Need to Know
Sharing with Duckie Deck is a brilliant app that attempts to get juniors to share. Designed for juniors ages two to five, the app is fairly simple and straightforward to use. It has no ads and no in-app purchase.
The app also has no narration, and relies on visual cues to show players what to do in the app. I don't think this is a bad thing – in fact, I believe that parents should sit down with their juniors while using the app to help them understand the concept for each activity.
I also would like to mention that there is a helpful Parents section accessible from the home screen, which includes some explanation about the available activities and even tips for further developing a child's eagerness to share.
Things I Like
I think Sharing with Duckie Deck is unique. We have many apps that train a child's cognitive side, but it's not everyday you find apps that pay attention to their social development.
In terms of quality, the app is excellent. The activities included are well-made with colorful illustrations and nice animations. I am particularly fond of the way the app emotes the characters on screen to teach fairness; for example, kids who do not get cakes on their plates look terribly sad, and kids who receive the toys they want look happy.
I also appreciate the fact that the app introduces characters of various races and ethnicities, and think that it is a great way to instil tolerance and equality.
One thing that I do feel could be improved is the two mini games, Win Win and Scribble Dribble. I feel that while they make good additional activities, they seem somewhat disconnected from the rest of the apps because they do not focus heavily on sharing.
Overall, Sharing with Duckie Deck is a unique, well-executed app. I certainly like the idea of preparing kids for social interactions early on, so I think it is worth checking out. Plus, it is currently free, so there is really a reason not to.
Note: Thank you Duckie Deck for sharing their app with us!