Based on the new Nick Jr. TV show Dora and Friends: Into the City!, Dora and Friends features the aged-up 10 year-old Dora and her new tween friends Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana, and Pablo. Dora asks the player to create stories with her.
How to Play
Dora offers 10 different background settings; and in each, kids can add themed props, characters, and music. Children can also design up to four original characters, using an avatar maker, or they can add Dora and her friends. Storytellers move the characters and props around in the scene as they voice the characters and tell a story. The app records the movement and the voice-overs to create a video story for girls to share.
Why This App Empowers Girls
By providing them with the digital tools to create their own characters and tell their own tales, this app enables girls to express their creativity through story-telling.
Dora and Friends has a delightful way of presenting surprises. Certain props, when dropped into a scene, actually interact with the characters. Once kids catch on -- perhaps because a character kicks the soccer ball or a crab pops out of a bucket -- they can have fun trying other props to see what happens. Each backdrop comes with a suggested story-starter to help jumpstart the author's creativity.
The resulting story, as shown via video, is very high quality. It will make girls feel good about their ability to tell a story. The video is saved within the app and can also be saved to the device's camera roll and shared from there.
Dora and Friends
works best with fans of the TV show. Because Dora will prompt the player with story-starters, this app is good for both girls who love to tell stories and those who are more hesitant.
This is a review of the iPad HD version, but the app is also available for the iPhone and iPod Touch here
. Jinny Gudmundsen wrote this Dora and Friends app review.
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