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My daughter was given this game around a year and a half ago. It's one that's been around for a few years and although it doesn't seem to be available in many UK shops at the moment, there are plenty of online stockists; amazon, amazingplush.com, myhobbyplace.com, but the best place for a decent priced version would be Ebay where you should be able to pick it up for under £10. It's made by MB Games/Hasbro and takes 2 x 1.5 v batteries. The battery life seems quite decent, I don't recall having to change the batteries in ours yet.
In the box are twelve plastic ducks and a motorised pond which measures roughly 25cm in diameter. It has a big red button in the middle and is surrounded by blue conveyor belt style 'water' onto which the ducks are placed. The outside is green grass and slightly raised to keep the ducks in. Around the pond are four coloured symbols; a red circle, purple square, blue star and orange triangle - these are the player positions and each duck has one of these symbols on their underside. Once in motion, the motor noise is quite loud, and accompanied by quacks, this can be really annoying, although, as parents do, I usually manage to tune it out..
To play, the button is pressed and the ducks move around on the pond, players take turns to pick up a duck, if it matches their 'home' symbol then that duck is kept, if not it is put back on the pond. We have always played it so that the symbol is seen by everyone, but it could be made trickier if only the player who picks up gets to look at the symbol. The winner is the player who collects their three ducks, (for very young ones a simplified game is suggested where just one duck wins the game).
As well as colour and shape recognition this game could be said to encourage memory skills, children can improve their chance of winning by remembering the position of the duck they need, although it's easy to lose track. As the number of ducks dwindles it gets easier to remember that the duck in question may be - at the front of a group for example.
The start button is very easy for children to turn on and off, but this also means that it can get set off accidentally. The box only needs to be picked up for this to happen, (I set it off twice earlier when I picked it up to check the shape colours), this leads to fun when the time comes to put it away. We once spent three hours on the motorway with intermittent quacks coming from the tightly packed boot. The fact that it's tricky to get all the ducks back into the box easily doesn't help.
The game is for 2-4 players but little ones will happily play with it on their own. My daughter has enjoyed putting other small toys on it and watching them go around, she likes Lucky Ducks, although at four it's probably a bit young for her now, I think she has played with it more on her own than with others. An interesting feature, if not relevant to the game, is that the ducks always turn to face in the same direction; put one on backwards and watch as it rights itself. We've also had our ducks out in the garden in the paddling pool and upstairs in the bath.
Lucky Ducks probably won't have much of a shelf life as it is made to appeal to pre-schoolers, but the actual game appears hardy and should last a long time and be fit to pass on to younger siblings/other children, (ours was passed on from a friend of the family who's children had outgrown it). The best thing about it is it's simplicity, it makes a good first game. The age on the box is 3+ but very young children will pick it up easily, I'd say a bright two year old would be able to get to grips with this. The worst thing about it is the constant quacking and engine noise. On balance I'd recommend it, but only for children with parents who are happy to deal with yet more noisy toys.
The aim of the game is for each player to collect the ducks with their colour on the bottom. The players take turns lifting a duck from the rotating pond to see if it matches the colour on their card. If it is a match they keep it, if not it is returned to the pond. The winner is the person who collects their 3 ducks first. My 2 sons really enjoyed the game when we first got it but they soon started remembering where the other players were placing the unwanted ducks, making the game very short. This was not a bad thing though as it meant that there was less time spent listening to the incessant quack, quack, quack! I soon found myself trying to dissuade them from playing it so I didn't have to endure the endless, annoying noise. If you eventually persuade the kids to put it away you face another problem - how to store it. Every time something touches the box it starts quacking! I have however solved this dilemma by putting it in the attic! I can't deny that this game is well made and is a lot of fun (for short bursts) and the kids certainly loved it. It still stays in the attic though!!
Lucky Ducks is a game that helps to teach young children colour recognition by matching the colours on the bottom of the duck with the colour on the cards. My 2 year old daughter loves this game and constantly asks to play it. Although we let her play whenever she wants to, we can't help but get cheesed off by the constant quacking noise that the game makes whilst the ducks go round and round. Because smaller children have a bit of trouble getting their colours right, they take ages to finish playing, while the noise goes on and on. If, when the game is packed away, anything touches the box, the motor sets off and so does the quacking. Only buy this game if you have more patience then I have.
If you are thinking of buying this game for a child at Christmas, then beware, because it can be a noisy game when you might be hungover from the night before. The game itself is very easy to play, with up to four players who pick a colour and have to pick the relevant ducks as they go round in a circle. These are identified with a colour sticker at the bottom of the duck, and the one who picks all four of their own colour fist is the winner. So. What is wrong with that? I hear you say. Well as these cute little ducks go around in a circle they make a ‘quacking' sound. (Altogether now ahh ahh ahh) this is all right if you have children that do not try and wear the game out by playing it constantly, as it can soon become a noise that becomes irritating. All I can say is that my children got this last year for Christmas and we just about suffered the noise. And although we all enjoyed it (well I did) it is sadly a game that only comes out of the cupboard now and then as it has a limited amount of playability. Children are smarter then you think, and can sometimes remember wear their colours are.
My 3 boys are aged 6, 4 and 2. They were bought Lucky Ducks last christmas and it is still a strong favourite with all three of them. The game uses batteries and you have 12 little yellow ducks which sit on a pond and go round and round and round. Each duck has a different coloured bottom, there are 3 yellow, 3 red, 3 blus and 3 green. Each player choses a card in one of the above colours and they then take it in turns to pick up a duck from the rotating pond. If the duck has the same coloured bottom as their card then they keep the duck, if it is not the same colour then it is placed back in the pond and the next player then takes their turn. The winner is the first one to have all 3 ducks sitting on their piece of card. This game is for 2-4 players and can be enjoyed from 2 years to adults. The game is quite expensive at 16:99 but my 3 children all still enjoy playing it and so do I.
Can help preschoolers improve their colour matching and memory skills. The object of the game is to turn over the ducks as they swim by to see the colour underneath, then match 3 ducks to their coloured nests to win