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Dora Hops into Phonics! (a preschool learning game by Nickelodeon)

By Christy Matte, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 4+

TV fave teaches early reading skills; pace feels a bit slow.

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DORA HOPS INTO PHONICS! is a solid way of getting kids to understand basic letter sounds, how words come together, and other early reading skills. It leaves room for kids to explore the sounds, make guesses, and receive coaching if necessary. Dora cheers the kids on when they find the right answer and gently redirects them with the wrong answer. The game could use a bit more variety in the actual learning activity. It's easy to become bored with the same formula, and the difficulty ramps up too slowly for early readers who are ready for more advanced skills. The mini-games are OK, but not enough to spice up the repetition of the learning levels.

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