See it: Lucky Ducks
The Lucky Ducks game is designed to teach color- and shape-matching to young children. And it does. But unfortunately the format of Lucky Ducks is so annoying, it’s difficult to get through a single game.
The game includes a plastic “pond” that rotates and 12 plastic ducks that “swim” around and around quacking loudly and constantly. Each duck has one of four different shapes on the bottom and players take turns lifting up a duck as they swim by and looking to see if it matches the shape they are collecting. Once a player has collected all the ducks with their shape, they win. Each shape is a different color, so the game also teaches color matching.
We have had this game for over two years and we have yet to play it through to the end a single time. The constant quacking and the sound of the rotating pond gets on my nerves very quickly. (And as a mom who has sat through my share of children’s television, I feel like my tolerance level is high for annoying things if my daughter is enjoying them.)
But really, Ally doesn’t seem to enjoy the game either. She will take it out, put the ducks in the pond and turn it on to watch them swim. But after a few seconds, she turns it off and moves on to something else. She never asks to actually play the game.
The Lucky Ducks game, designed for ages 3-6, is a good idea that just went wrong.