Dora and Friends

App review by
Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Put yourself in Dora's world, tell stories with fun app.

Parents say

age 14+
Based on 1 review

Kids say

age 18+
Based on 1 review

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this app.

Educational Value

Kids can learn to speak clearly and tell stories as they experiment with the basic story elements. They'll use their imaginations to create characters and tell stories, being totally original or getting inspiration from the ideas section. There's no place in-app for story planning, but kids can make up the stories as they go, developing speaking skills, or they can plan stories out ahead of time, practicing planning and storytelling skills. Being able to create their own characters personalizes the experience, making it more fun and more meaningful. Dora and Friends is a fun tool to inspire creativity and foster storytelling, which can help create confident future writers.

Ease of Play

Verbal instructions guide kids through each step of story creation.

Violence & Scariness
Sexy Stuff
Language
Consumerism

The app ties in with the Nick Jr. program that includes cross-marketed products. A logo link on the start page connects to other Nickelodeon apps but requires entering a numeric code from spelled-out numbers to keep young ones from cracking it.

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Dora and Friends is a story-making tool featuring the newer, more grown-up-looking Dora and her friends as well as up to four characters that kids can customize. There's a nice range of skin colors, hair styles and colors, and eye colors as well as clothing options for kids to customize boy and girl friends. Kids then move their characters and props around a scene while they narrate a story, which the app records. You can save finished story videos in the app or to your device's camera roll.

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What's it about?

With background scenes with lots of potential for adventure (and a little magic!), kids can create and narrate stories starring Dora and her friends or their own custom-designed cast of characters. To begin, kids can customize up to four characters, choosing hair, skin, and eye color, hairstyle, and clothing. They then choose a setting, populate it with characters and props, and move the characters around while they narrate and record a story. Stories are saved in-app but can be exported to the camera roll and shared from there.

Is it any good?

Kids can be as creative as they want with their stories, incorporating different characters and props, or they can tap the lightbulb for a story idea. The verbal instructions delivered each step of the way make it possible for preschool-age Dora fans to easily create and tell their stories. Each scene includes a bit of magic that leads to another scene, giving kids another layer to add to their stories if they want. The most unique part -- and probably what will be most thrilling for kids -- is the ability to create their own characters from the diverse range of skin, hair, and eye colors. Kids can put themselves or their friends into their stories, and they'll get to make lots of choices, making this app a great opportunity for open-ended play.

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about the stories they'd like to create, planning them out before they start recording. What are the elements of a story that make it fun to tell and share? 

  • Create a two-character story with your kid, each of you controlling and speaking for one character. You can plan your story ahead of time so you both know what to say and when, or improvise, which can help build listening skills. 

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