What parents need to know
Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Dora's Great Big World offers preschoolers four educational games to help them practice letters, phonics, counting, and engineering. Fans of Dora will enjoy seeing some of their favorite chracters and hearing a bit of Spanish from Dora. The variety of content in both math and language is nice, but it comes at a higher-than-typical price for preschool apps. With no results or feedback, parents will need to watch kids play to assess their level of learning.
What kids can learn
Language & Reading
- letter or word recognition
Thinking & Reasoning
- applying information
- thinking critically
- academic development
Engagement, Approach, Support
Dora engages kids in each fast-paced mini-game. Kids can enjoy saving up stars and redeeming them for stickers.
Broad curriculum covers letter recognition, phonics with word families, counting, and numerals, as well as a bit of STEM exploration. Depth in any one area is pretty shallow.
The intro for each game models exactly what kids will do, along with clear verbal instructions. No progress data for grown-ups, although each kid's profile has its own sticker chart.
What's it about?
DORA'S GREAT BIG WORLD HD takes kids to four worlds to learn preschool skills. In the rainforest, kids match uppercase and lowercase letters. In the garden, they practice counting and recognizing numerals. On the farm, kids identify rhyming word families. In outer space, they practice STEM skills by engineering a path into which a boulder falls. Dora throws in a bit of Spanish, too. As they play, kids earn stars that can be redeemed for stickers to decorate the worlds. Each device can host up to four players.
Is it any good?
Letter recognition, counting, and rhyming words are pretty typical in preschool apps, but the arcade-like space game exposes kids to increasingly important engineering skills in a very simple way. Each mini-game is short and engaging. Kids can choose to play again, redeem their stickers, or choose a different game. For the price, parents might expect some kind of progress report, but none is available. Another minor complaint: Usernames can be seven characters max, so kids with long names miss out on a chance to see their names in print and reinforce that important preschool skill.
Families can talk about...
Watch as your kid plays so you can have an idea of their areas of strengths and weaknesses.
Incorporate counting, pointing out letters, and playing rhyming games in your daily routine to reinforce those literacy skills. Let kids tinker and create to build STEM skills.