Dora ABCs Vol 1: Letters & Letter Sounds
What parents need to know
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
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- making conclusions
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
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.
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.
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'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?
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.