Appy Chat & Giveaway
Developer: PaddleDuck Pty Ltd
When did you decide to develop this app?
The idea came a few years ago when the iPad first came out. We wanted to create a full platform of Apps across many different areas of learning and development. I guess the realities of just launching one App hit and we had to revise our vision.
When did you first release this app?
“Where’s Carrie Cat?” was first released in September 2012.
How long did it take you to develop this app?
Way too long!
What is your favourite feature?
I have always loved the fact that children are encouraged to get up and dance and sing along to the PaddleDuck Song “The Duck Duck Waddle”. It’s important to us that children are encouraged to move their bodies and not just sit and interact with devices.
What is your favourite page in the app?I like the rhyme and dance sequence and also discovering Vicky the Vegetarian Vulture hiding.
What skills were you hoping to help the end user to develop?
Apart from fine motor skills we intended toddlers to gain listening skills and begin to form a connection between how they interact and what they see happen on the screen. Enjoying musical interaction is important for us as a team too.
What age range would this app most suit?
We say this is a great App for the very young. We hope it provides a gentle introduction to technology for developing brains. We purposely do not include all the ‘bells and whistles’ in our Apps as we feel that too much stimulation can be confusing for the youngest of children. Our Apps offer a calm alternative.
Are any new updates coming soon?
We are actually concentrating on launching a Japanese version of the App at the moment.
Meet Paddle Duck and join his adventure to find Carrie Cat on the Farm. An engaging, fun, and educationally interactive story for your toddler with rhyme, song and dance. Great reviews and ratings.
As reviewed in Essentialbaby… “We liked that the app features lots of sound, colour and interactivity and it’s quite intuitive. Our three-year-old tester liked counting along with Paddle Duck and making him swim”.
The App is perfect for 18 month to 4 year olds and will delight your toddler as they have the opportunity to be part of the story and discover hidden surprises along the way. The App includes a rhyme to learn and recite, a dance to encourage toddlers to get up and move to and a fun song to learn and sing together.
***** The Carrie Cat app is a great introduction to the world of reading and adventure for small children.
Opportunities to discover, predict and engage in song and dance are woven seamlessly into this App from PaddleDuck Learning.
Annie Agnew. Head of Learning Technologies, PaddleDuck Learning*****
HOW TODDLERS BENEFIT
* Shared reading
* Adult/child interaction
* Active participation and connection
* Listening, discovery and movement
* Introduction to sequential numbering
HOW TO GET THE MOST FROM THE APP
* Read, Sing, Count, Clap and Dance together throughout the App
* Ask questions to arouse curiosity – encourage your toddler to wonder what might happen
* Encourage discovery – “what might happen if you swipe the stars”?
* Prediction – e.g. where might Carrie Cat be? What might be in this tree?
PaddleDuck Learning Apps have a secure area for Parents to access Facebook sharing, sharing links and links to our website.
All Apps come with a full set of learning notes and suggestions for parents and caregivers to help get the most from the App
Our Apps are created by parents, qualified educators, professional musicians and a published author
X We do not collect/share any users’ personally identifiable information
X We do not display Ads
X We do not have any in App purchase options
Updated: May 9, 2013
Requirements: Compatible with iPad. Requires iOS 5.1 or later.
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App: Paddle Duck in Where’s Carrie Cat? An Interactive Story