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Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose

Build a Truck - by Duck Duck Moose

Spring 2014 Mobile Apps
Ages: 5 - 12 yrs.
Developer: Duck Duck Moose
Download Price: $1.99
Platform: iPad

Most children, boys and girls alike, go through a stage in which they enjoy playing with cars and trucks. Vehicle play is a long-lasting play pattern that offers plenty of variety and exploration. In Build a Truck by Duck Duck Moose, players choose from two Monster Truck body frames and then customize their trucks by selecting paint colors, detailing, tires/wheels, mufflers, etc. Upon completion of their vehicles, children can race them to earn coins, which, in turn, are used to "purchase" upgrades and customizations. Consequently, children can build and customize a wide variety of vehicles.

On the most basic level, children can practice hand-eye coordination, fine motor skills, vocabulary, and cause-and-effect relationships. However, what we really applaud are the physics lessons. Children can learn how their different choices in vehicle styles and customizations affect how their vehicles perform on a variety of terrains. Thus, the app has not only long-term play value, but long-term learning value as well.

Sharon Heuscher   ©2014 Parents' Choice
Sharon holds B.A.s in English Literature and Ancient Studies as well as a B.S. in Psychology. She is currently a masters-level trainee in Clinical Psychology specializing in neurodegenerative diseases. For the past thirteen years, Sharon has focused primarily on raising, educating, and nurturing her five children who range in age from three to thirteen.

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Duck Duck Moose
Available on iTunes

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