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Dora the Explorer's World Adventure!
A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this game.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that this is one of 2006's best software titles for preschoolers. It's hard for little kids to grasp the enormity of their own neighborhood, much less the world -- and yet Dora makes it easy by taking players with her to France, China, Russia, and Tanzania. The software is full of subtle multicultural lessons as Dora teaches kids how to speak in foreign languages, how to dress, and what each country looks like. Kids will even hear music that reflects the country's culture.
What's it about?
DORA THE EXPLORER'S WORLD ADVENTURE! takes kids around the world to France, Russia, Tanzania, and China as Dora organizes an International Friendship Day. Part of the celebration involves distributing sparkling friendship bracelets to friends around the world, but Swiper, the mischievous fox, has stolen the previously distributed friendship bracelets from France, Russia, Tanzania, and China. To pull off this international festival, Dora needs the player's help: In each of the four foreign countries, there are two games to play. Some involve hand-eye coordination to provide youngsters with much needed practice in moving a computer mouse, and others involve using colors and shapes in sorting, matching, and patterning activities.
Is it any good?
This charming learning adventure is a perfect fit for preschoolers who are new to the computer. The mechanics of the games are extremely simple, and only require moving and clicking the computer mouse. The learning games are leveled: The easy level is for children as young as 3, medium is for 4- and 5-year-olds, and difficult is for 5- and 6-year-olds. The software provides help when children are struggling, and offers positive feedback.
World Adventure! is full of multicultural learning gems. In each country, Dora teaches the player how to say hello in that country's language; the background music changes to reflect music typical of that country; Dora dresses in native costume with the player's help; and the scenery provides children with a sense of what that foreign country looks like. World Adventure! delivers an outstanding computer adventure that teaches young children about the world.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about how the world is made up of hundreds of different countries. Since Swiper the Fox steals something important to Dora, parents can use this example to discuss the importance of respecting other people's things. What's the difference between swiping something and borrowing it? Swiper does help sometimes, too. Why do you think he does this?
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