Teacher Review For Peek-a-Zoo by Duck Duck Moose

More of a 'test' for social vocabulary than a game for preschool kids

Emily S.
Technology coordinator
Holly Hills Elementary School
Denver, CO
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My Grades K, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies
EdTech Mentor
My Rating 2
Learning Scores
Engagement 2
Pedagogy 2
Support 2
My Students Liked It No
My Students Learned No
I Would Recommend It No
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Individual
Great with Special needs
How I Use It
This app (which I would not call a "game") for preK - K tests students vocabulary by asking questions about the animals that are on the screen. It asks questions such as "Who is hiding?" "Who is Harry the Hippo?" That is all that I found it does over and over again without the ability to navigate to something else. It does not give the child any feedback during this "test" other than it does not move on if they click the wrong choice. It doesn't have a ticking clock or "end" to the game, which is a nice feature for toddlers. I found very little educational value, and because it is not set up as a game, it has limited appeal to children.
My Take
This app was not what I expected, and I'm disappointed that I paid for it. My son tried it out, and he LOVES the iPad and pretty much anything on it! He does have special needs, and he does not speak, but he is a master at using the iPad. He began navigating his way through the program easily, but he lost interest pretty quickly. He has gone back to it several times, but he does not use it in the way it is intended. He likes the fact that it does not have an "end" and he can click on anything without the "game" starting over, but he has not learned anything about the vocabulary it is teaching. There were also questions such as, "Click on the monkey," that I had a hard time figuring out because although the characters are cute, it is not always obvious what it is supposed to be. My recommendation is to save your money. There are free educational apps out there that have more educational value.