Dora's Great Big World HD

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Amanda Bindel, Common Sense Media
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Mini-games go beyond core skills with a bit of engineering.

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Educational Value

Kids can learn early literacy and math skills such as letter recognition, basic phonics, and counting. They'll learn a bit of Spanish vocabulary from Dora, too. When counting, kids learn to recognize the numeral since it isn't verbalized. Kids recognize word families, uppercase and lowercase letters, and rhyming words. They'll incorporate STEM-related thinking as they tinker around in space to make a rock fall where they want. Dora's Great Big World HD provides fun, core, preschool-skills practice and a preschool-level introduction to engineering.

 

Ease of Play

Easy to play. Level progressions increase in difficulty as a kid earns stars. With no results or feedback, however, parents will need to watch kids play to assess whether they're really learning or only guessing.

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A logo link on the start page leads to more Nick Jr. apps, but it's behind a child-locked code that should keep preschoolers out. The app is based on the Dora the Explorer franchise.

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What 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.

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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.

Talk to your kids 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.

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