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I don’t know if you noticed, but the holiday season is upon us.  In just a few short weeks we’ll be exchanging presents in our novelty pajamas and enjoying the company of friends and family.  I don’t know about you, but I am fully unprepared in the gift-giving department so I need some real help – especially when it comes to what my children are going to make for the grandparents. (I’m beginning to think handprint turkeys and paper snowflakes of bygone years have worn out their welcome.)

Sure, Pinterest is great for times like this, but let’s be honest: some of those fantastic looking projects require a lot of time and supplies and (at least in my case) never really work out the way they’re supposed to.  When it comes to my two kids making something that involves glue and paper its best to keep it simple and find things that have easy-to-understand or open-ended directions.

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This is where Duckie Deck has – once again – come to my rescue with their newest app Bird Houses.  Much like their Trash Toys app, Bird Houses begins the adventure on the iPad and encourages young players to take their talent off-screen.  There are no rules or time limits, no points or any levels, making gameplay fun and boosting creativity.

Gameplay within the app is so straightforward and the graphics are adorable.  Players can DIY their own bird house down to the smallest details, like a smoking chimney or a string of miniature twinkle lights for the front porch.  Everything is drag-and-drop and there aren’t any written directions (you don’t need them) to make the game all-ages appropriate.

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What’s even more impressive than the app itself is the fact that it plants the seed of creation.  Once kiddos are done enjoying the app they can seamlessly transition into an off-screen version of the app.  Every-day items from the recycling bin can turn into a luxurious palace for the local birds – think milk cartons and sticks, painted in bright colors and sprinkled with glitter.

At $1.99 this app is perfectly priced and perfect for the budding crafter in your family.  Duckie Deck continues to create apps that not only engage players on-screen while giving families off-screen ideas to bond and create together.  We can’t wait to see what’s next!

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