Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds

Common Sense Media says

Easy-to-play games are great practice for pre-readers.

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What parents need to know

Ease of play

The app is very easy to play, with Dora giving clear audio instructions. The app includes simple touch or tilt games for the youngest mobile device users.  

Violence & scariness
Not applicable
Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism

The Nickelodeon logo appears on the app's first intro screen, and the developer's logo appears on the second. A "More Nick" icon moves kids to a page full of other Dora and Diego app icons that link to the App Store for purchase.

Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Privacy & safety
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds provides a couple of simple, interconnected games for young kids to learn letter sounds as well as capital and lowercase letter pairs, and to practice tracing letters as they help Dora the Explorer's friend Tico fly his plane to write the letters as contrails. Multiple kids can play this app, with each one's progress labeled by name. It will likely appeal most to pre-readers who are Dora fans.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • making conclusions

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Engagement, Approach, Support

Engagement

For very young app users and pre-readers, this is a fun, easy game with very little room for frustration, as it doesn't ask kids to be totally accurate. A good choice for fans of Dora the Explorer.

Learning Approach

Age-appropriate games and adorable Dora encourage kids to learn English letter sounds, as well as learn to identify, pair, and write capital and lowercase letters, and try a bit of Spanish. 

Support

Offers a brief curriculum overview for parents and teachers, who can track each player's progress. If the player goes slightly off track, the acorns disappear and reappear again where the letter is supposed to be traced.

What kids can learn

Subjects

Language & Reading

  • letter or word recognition
  • phonics
  • reading

Skills

Thinking & Reasoning

  • deduction
  • making conclusions

Self-Direction

  • academic development

Kids can learn English letter sounds, as well as learn to identify, pair, and write capital and lowercase letters with Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds. In typical Dora style, kids will also hear a few Spanish words -- for example, "excelente" and "perfecto" -- sprinkled into the mostly English voice commands. The app's age-appropriate games allow Dora fans to learn preschool skills in a fun way.

This Learning Rating review was written by Dana Villamagna

Parents say

Kids say

What's it about?

Players help Dora the Explorer's friend Tico fly his plane to write letters. As kids trace the letter with Tico's plane by following little acorn markers down a shaded letter shape, they'll hear Dora in the background saying the phonetic letter sound (for example, "eks" for the letter "x"). The other game on this app requires kids to tilt the device to drop lowercase letters into an acorn containing the uppercase match. After the player completes both games for a letter, a colorful picture emerges from the clouds of an object that begins with the letter (for example, an apple for "a").

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

For very young app users and pre-readers, this is a fun, easy game with very little room for frustration. If the player goes slightly off track, the acorns disappear and reappear again where the letter is supposed to be traced, and the game in which players tilt the device to drop the acorns in the right spots doesn't require kids to hit the spot precisely.

The app also offers a brief curriculum overview for parents, and you can track each player's progress. It's a good choice for Dora fans.

Families can talk about...

  • Follow your kid's progress in the "report card" section of the app.

  • Encourage your child to trace letters in other real-life objects such as sand, flour, or soap suds.

App details

Devices:iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad
Price:$3.99
Release date:April 16, 2012
Category:Education
Topics:Numbers and letters
Size:63.00 MB
Publisher:Nickelodeon
Version:1.5
Minimum software requirements:iOS 3.0 or later

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Parent of a 6 year old Written bymadsmooney1214 September 23, 2012
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LEARNING

dora abcs vol 1 letters letter sounds

progress. It's a good choice for Dora fans.

What other families should know
Too much consumerism
Parent Written byAnitaT March 16, 2013
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3
QUALITY
 
LEARNING

Only Dora is interesting for kids. The app itself is not impressive at all.

Parent Written bySha_nay_nay_ July 14, 2013
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18
QUALITY
 

This app makes me sadder than soap operas

This app is gross cause Dora don't teach you notin expect for how to talk to a deaf person cause everything you say to her you have to repeat 20 times

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