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Dora's Skywriting ABCs

By Jenny Bristol, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 3+

Slow-paced letter tracing app with a mild game element.

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When my preschooler saw Dora on my iPad list of available preschool apps, she could hardly contain her excitement. She wanted it badly, but I had reservations about buying the app at first. After all, Dora the Explorer is a marketing machine. She is inescapable — whether in the grocery, drug, or toy store — she is everywhere. Why would I want Nickelodeon’s cash cow residing on my iPad too? Maybe it was laziness. Perhaps ignorance. Or maybe just a mom wanting her kid to be happy. Whatever it was, I bought the app and my preschooler enjoyed it. See more at .

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DORA'S SKYWRITING ABCS is part letter tracing educational app, part game. The letter tracing portion is well-done -- kids get practice "writing" their letters as well as with sounds of letters. Both the letter names and sounds are reinforced often.

The tilting game in between the tracing portion seems like an afterthought. Tilting your device is hardly required, since the acorns bounce into place mostly on their own. The whole game is fairly repetitive and slow-moving. There are no controls in the game to allow you to skip ahead to another letter, or go back to an earlier letter. If kids want to trace the entire alphabet, it is time consuming. Only capital letters are represented. Also, some of the sounds for the letters seem off. P sounds like dropping a nut on the ground while Q sounds more like Qu.

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