• Nov 15
  • Friday Freebie! Draw Bingo Pets Step by Step.

    Pet Bingo‘s little creatures are so cute to collect and play with in our newest math app we want to spread the joy and let your kids draw their own! One of our illustrators has created a step by step tutorial to help guide them through the drawing process. Here are the steps:

    1) Print out the one page tutorial.
    2) Grab a new sheet of paper to draw the pet.
    3) Add on a unique hairstyle, tail, and ears! The options are endless…have fun!
    4) Option: Cut out the pet to play with and let your child’s imagination run wild.

    P.S. Each member of our team tried drawing the little pets too. See below :)

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  • Oct 24
  • Friday Freebie: A BOOlightful Surprise!

    Spread Halloween cheer this year with a BOO! Employ this fun game with your neighbors to share sweets and treats for all to enjoy.

    How do you BOO somebody?

    It’s simple. Print the “BOO” sheet below, cut the sheet in half on the dotted line, attach the “You’ve been Boo’ed” portion to a goodie bag, and drop in a delicious treat with an extra copy of the directions. Leave it on your neighbor’s door step, ring the bell, and Run Run Run!

    Once you’ve been Boo’ed, place the “We’ve been Boo’ed” portion on or near your door so new Boo recruiters can Boo un-Booed neighbors…

    Watch Boo signs multiply around your neighborhood! Whose house will be next?

    Happy Halloween from Duck Duck Moose!

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  • Sep 10
  • GIVEAWAY: Win an Illustration by a Duck Duck Moose Artist

    From the colorful, lively and friendly characters to creatively intricate backgrounds and scenery, all of the design elements in Duck Duck Moose apps are created exclusively by our in-house design team. It’s pretty obvious just how talented they are.

    To celebrate their talents, we’re kicking of a monthly series called the Duck Duck Moose Artist Gallery where we’ll feature special drawings and illustrations created the team. We’ll explore different techniques, themes and creative inspirations while highlighting the personalities behind the work.

    To get things started, we’ve gathered a variety of illustrations to giveaway to 10 lucky Duck Duck Moose fans. Check out each of the prints below and be sure to enter by 5:00pm PT, Tuesday, September 17, 2013.

    ENTER THE GIVEAWAY


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  • Sep 09
  • POP QUIZ! What Does K.MD.A.2 Mean?

    If you know the answer, we’re impressed and you’ve earned a gold star! If not, that’s okay, you’ll know soon enough.

    Duck Duck Moose wants every parent and teacher to feel confident about the current elementary academic standards so we can all work together to create the best possible learning experience for all children. To help, Duck Duck Moose Educational Specialist Sara Kimelman, who has spent four years teaching in elementary classrooms across California and is currently completing her Masters Degree in Education, has created a one-page printout titled “Kindergarten Common Core State Standards – The Simple Version!” to make the standards easier to understand.

    And now for the big reveal! K.MD.A.2 is the abbreviated version for the Math Common Core Standard: Kindergarten Measurement and Data Part A, Part 2. Still confused? Don’t worry, we’ve removed all of these complicated codes and simplified their meanings in our easy-to-follow guide. Easy Peasy. Lemon Squeezy. Download it for free here:

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    We’d love to hear if you have any other suggestions to make this list clearer or more accurate for your personal classroom or at home. Email us at suggestions@duckduckmoose.com


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  • Aug 28
  • FREE Printable Moose Math Coloring Pages

    Looking for a fun, easy activity for kids? Unleash their artistic side with our new Moose Math coloring pages. Choose a favorite Dust Funny or color them all! Click on Moose, YaYa, Sass, Puck or Mochi & Moco to download and print. Happy Coloring!

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  • Aug 23
  • Recognize the Moose Mathletes in Your Life!

    Parents, are your kids learning new skills from Moose Math? We sure hope so! Why not recognize their accomplishments with one of these printable certificates! And for you, we’re making it super easy to follow their learning through our simple guide to Kindergarten Common Core Standards for Math. Click on the images below or visit our Learning Portal.

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  • Aug 19
  • Play Testing at Duck Duck Moose

    What’s the ooey, gooey icing on the cake for our design process here at Duck Duck Moose?  Play Testing! We specifically design our apps to educate and entertain kids, so each play testing session is a super important step in sharing our ideas and creations with our users (KIDS!). They help us figure out what works and what needs a little tweaking. We make sure each app has engaging, imaginative, and educational material that kids ENJOY playing with.

    We’ve compiled some of our favorite play testing clips from our newest app, Moose Math. A huge thank you to all who participated and visited our office in San Mateo, California; this app could not have been completed without you!

    If you are interested in bringing your child to our office to test future apps, please email us at support@duckduckmoose.com.

    And now, let’s roll the footage…

     

     


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  • Aug 15
  • Don’t Let the Learning Stop!

    We know the start of the school year is a busy time for everyone. To help parents and teachers jump start learning, we’ve created a new Duck Duck Moose Learning Portal. Complete with FREE, downloadable worksheets and fun award certificates, the Learning Portal is a central hub for fun and interactive learning activities. All of the worksheets align with the Kindergarten Common Core State Standards and mirror activities found in our newest app, Moose Math. We’ve even included a quick guide on the Common Core to help parents navigate all of those secret codes. We’ll be adding new activities regularly, so be sure to check back often for updated material.

    Have an idea for the Learning Portal? We’d love to hear your suggestions on creative ways you use our apps for learning. Email us at support@duckduckmoose.com to share your ideas!

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  • May 22
  • Meet Dave Mottram: Illustrator

    Today we are debuting a new feature called “Duck Behind the Scenes” where we will share a behind-the-scenes look into the people, culture and happenings of Duck Duck Moose. For our first feature we sat down with one of our many talented illustrators, Dave Mottram, who joined the Duck Duck Moose team in October 2012.

    From a very young age all Dave wanted to do was draw. It didn’t matter what, although, if you inspected the countless piles of drawings accumulated by his parents you’d quickly notice a Spiderman theme. It didn’t matter where. But, it did matter how much – as a little boy, and even now as an adult, Dave just couldn’t draw enough. By the age of five, drawing became his passion so much that when his Kindergarten teacher sent an assessment letter home to his parents, informing them that his obsession was interfering with learning, Dave turned the letter over and drew his favorite scene, Spiderman roping a monster.

    Numerous Spiderman’s and assessment letters later Dave went on to study Graphic Design and Illustration at Youngstown State University. His first job out of college was working for Mill Creek Park in Youngstown, Ohio where he drew trail maps and designed event posters. Later he went on to work for a variety of design agencies where he illustrated several projects including one of his favorites, a website for then-Cleveland Cavaliers star basketball player, LeBron James, based on his tattoos.

    Seeking inspiration from a variety of sources, Dave is often drawn to classic Disney artists like Mary Blair and Eyvind Earle and Maurice Noble, artist and designer for early Warner Brothers cartoons. He feels an immense appreciation for their ability to create highly complex designs using only the simplest of tools. A lover of all forms of art, Dave also looks to classic authors such as Mark Twain and old-school comedians, Bill Murray and Steve Martin, who share traits of subtle wit and smart humor all of which he strives to weave into the characters he creates.

    Dave’s inspiration doesn’t stop there. As a father to three-year-old, Sara, he has started seeing the world of art from a  child’s perspective. Full of energy and life, Sara has taught him a simple lesson: take a step back and examine the larger picture. This is something he appreciates and feels has helped him grow as an illustrator of children’s art. One of his biggest fans, Sara offers him solicited and unsolicited feedback on his drawings telling him what she likes and doesn’t and why – all of which he finds invaluable. Dave, his wife, Sonya, and Sara enjoy movie nights, with Lilo & Stitch a current favorite, drawing together (of course) and reading books, especially Where the Wild Things Are which was the design inspiration for Sara’s bedroom.

    Now that you have had a chance to learn about Dave we thought it would be appropriate to share even more about him through his various pieces of work. You can also visit his blog http://www.monkeyworks.org.

    Draft character sketches for consideration in a new app.

    Sample character sketches.

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    Before and after example of sparkle tree illustration.

    Before and after example of sparkle tree illustration.

    Animal illustrations designed by Dave.

    Animal illustrations designed by Dave.

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    Sample character illustration.

    Where the Wild Things Are room mural and artwork created by Dave.

    Where the Wild Things Are room mural and artwork created by Dave.

     


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  • May 16
  • Congratulations, Apple! 50 Billion App Store Downloads!

    Today marked a historic day for our friends over at Apple. The App Store reached 50 billion unique downloads. We were honored to be included in the company’s official Press Release announcing the milestone:

    “We started our company in 2008 as three friends focused on creating great educational apps for our children,” said Caroline Hu Flexer, co-founder of Duck Duck Moose. “The App Store brought ‘Wheels on the Bus’ to the world in a big way. Sixteen apps later, a fan base of millions of parents, children and educators and a growing company with 20 full-time employees, we couldn’t be happier with our success.”

    According to Apple, customers are downloading more than 800 apps per second at a rate of over two billion apps per month on the App Store. We can’t wait to add more Duck Duck Moose educational apps to the App Store and look forward to being a part of Apple’s 100 billionth app download celebration!


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  • May 10
  • Clean Up Your Room Day!

    Now this is my kind of holiday…for my kids to celebrate anyway. And, if yours are like mine they are always coming home from daycare, pre-school or a playdate with an extra special stamp or praise from another parent because they were rockstars at cleaning up. Seriously! Why is that they are always so motivated to pick up after themselves everywhere else BUT in their own home?

    As I started preparing for this “holiday” it got me thinking about chores and job charts. A few months ago my husband and I decided our three year old was ready for her first chore. Since she isn’t motivated by anything sweet, and she’s too young to earn an allowance, we went with stickers for rewards. I created a job chart out of glitter glue and colorful marker and assigned her first job: placing her pajamas into the laundry hamper in the morning and then her clothes at the end of the day. To our delight (okay, I’ll be honest we were slightly shocked) she started off strong and was really excited to complete her tasks and get her stickers. I guess ballerinas have more power than I initially thought! She still does a pretty good job after several months with a little coaxing every now and then. Next up, to clear her dishes from the dinner table. Though, I’m not going to lie, this one gives me a little bit of anxiety for I fear the added mess on the kitchen floor from falling food. But, I’ll just have to get over it in the spirit of teaching responsibility!

    In celebration of Clean Up Your Room Day and to help make it easier to jump-start chores in your household we’ve created an official Duck Duck Moose downloadable job chart. Happy Cleaning!


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