Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure HD

Educational Value:
Fun Factor:
Skills:Phonics, Interactive Stories, Sight Words, Vocabulary

What we like best:

Full of interactive surprises, this holiday app requires hands-on participation to move forward, promoting active learning.

What you should know:

The background music can get a bit annoying, and thereâs no way to switch it off.
Full Review:

‘Tis the season for learning … and Dora’s Christmas Carol Adventure is the perfect interactive companion for teaching preschool building blocks. Full of holiday surprises at every turn, this app’s Spanish-speaking darling is on a mission with Santa to help Swiper the Fox learn about the spirit of Christmas—and teach kids a thing or two about Nochabuena, the Latin celebration of Christmas Eve.

Charming graphics, interactive surprises, seamless animation and cheery sound affects help guide kids on this heartfelt quest. Kids can read on their own, or opt to have the story narrated as they follow along. Subtle clues, such as shaking and glowing, help little learners ace activities embedded within this interactive book—from matching shapes to patterning, early learning skills are covered. Plus, highlighted text helps children hone sight word and phonics skills that are critical for early reading. No simply watching here—engagement is mandatory to keep the story moving forward, ensuring active learning.

From singing songs and sight words to sorting objects and basic Spanish vocabulary, this app’s chock-full of preschool learning basics. The background music can get tiresome, but it’s worth it, for the hours of active learning children will receive in return.

Reviewed 2012-12-10 on iPad2 iOS5 by Jenny Paradise

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