Parent reviews for Dora the Explorer

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age 3+

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age 4+

Based on 76 reviews

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age 5+

Based on 207 reviews

age 2+

Teaches how to follow instructions

I love Dora I sit with my 2 year old and interact with her. The show ask the child to do or say thing in the same manner A pre k teacher would ask. I think when watched with adult supervision the show is great at helping with getting your child ready for pre k. The show also helps with problems solving, teaching Spanish, counting, colors, and shapes. Once the child learns the basic skills neede for pre k I don’t think the show is helpful on a teaching level.

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age 2+

Dora is a a positive Spanish-speaking model for younger kiddos

Dora speaks 2 languages just like my son! I love that there is a character that looks and speaks like him. Before watching this show my husband would talk with my son in Spanish but only get English replies... since watching Dora my son has started to reply in Spanish!! I think that Dora has shown my son that bilingualism is cool, useful, something to be celebrated.

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age 2+

Dora The explorer Great review!!!

Its definetly for age 2 year olds and up! My 2 year old daughter loves Dora the explorer for her 2nd birthday!

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age 2+

toddler loves it.

The show teaches compassion and empathy for others, different cultures, and animals. I like that it gets your child moving by stomping their feet or clapping their hands. Each episode encourages the viewer to problem solve by presenting solutions to choose from that involve math, such as shapes and numbers, or art like music and colors, while your child is none the wiser. The characters treat each other with kindness and respect, never speaking ill of each other or being violent, and help each other when in need (including the bad guy, Swiper, to recognize how swiping from others affects them). Not to mention, your child will pick up on Spanish, because the show includes the viewer by asking for your help from growing flowers to reuniting a baby bird with it's Mommy. However, you might catch your kid yelling while watching the show, because it does tell you to say whatever phrase they need help with ”Louder!” often, so one star off for that. That aside, I also like that it helps build memory by asking the viewer to remember the map order they need to travel by each episode. I’ll be honest, I tried to hold off on my kid watching tv as long as possible, and especially Dora the Explorer (or any show that can be seen on the shelves of most toy isles) - but someone put the show on for her while baby sitting, and I gotta say it’s a great show. The other bad reviews seem to be commenting on the movie, Dora The Explorer in the Lost City of Gold, which I’ll agree is geared towards a more mature audience. But the tv show is so good that my daughter now speaks in Spanish phrases interchangeably. For example, “Sientate perrito.” Or “Sit puppy.” And she’s 2 and half. Not sure what the other bad reviews mean about paganism, I've yet to see that issue and we’re on Season 5 now.

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age 8+

Good show, but Swiper may be scary for children under 8.

This is a model of what animation SHOULD be. No sexual content, no foul language, no drug use, nothing but wholesome entertainment the whole family can enjoy. Swiper may be frightening for those under age 8, though, because he confronts Dora and tries to steal her stuff. He does learn his lesson. Plus, it's educational and teaches children Spanish.

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Too much violence
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age 6+

I wish this website would clean up the sarcastic reviews.

The show isn't great but it isn't demonic or anything stupid like that. My problem is the klepto fox. Also how it strays so far from reality it's not even entertaining. Go Diego Go is better.

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age 2+

THIS IS AMAZING FOR ALL AGES

All of my kids love this show to this day. I even love it! I still kind of force them to watch it so my friends don’t think I’m a loser but everyone in my household has to watch this daily!

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age 4+
age 4+

Perfect for teaching younger kids Spanish

Parents need to know that Dora means well and is teaching kids to be open with the Spanish language. Parents who live in a Hispanic-populated area may have their kids watch each episodes so that they can be fluent with their peers. The only distraction is when Swiper appears. This may confuse kids into thinking “______ no swiping!” will protect kids from thieves.

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age 2+

Great!

My 8 yer at old son had Spanish classes and he was struggling and he started to watch Dora and he learned a lot and aced his class!

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