put their name on their treasure chest, choose a way to play the
game, and they're off exploring with Dora and Boots, Dora's
faithful monkey sidekick. Dora the Explorer Lost City Adventure
is an adventure in early math and thinking skills.
Adventure Mode (the best way to play), kids learn that Dora's
teddy bear (osito) is lost. Swiper tells them all about the Lost
City where they can find missing items. First, kids do a
paint-by-number activity in order to paint a picture of Dora's
missing teddy bear (this will help them find him later). They call
on the Map for help ("I'm the Map, I'm the Map, I'm the
Map!") and repeat the chant, "pond, pyramid, Lost
City!", for easy recall. In the screenshot pictured above
right, children are introduced to the stars -- throughout the game
the stars pop up and kids can click on them to collect them in
Kids meet up with different
characters who need help, and each of them have a picture of a
lost item for Dora and Boots to find once they arrive at the Lost
up, it's Pirate Pig who will help kids get across the Big Pond.
They need to put the Pirate Piggies in line first, and this
requires counting them and matching numbers. Then Mommy Bug-a-Bugga
needs help getting her babies back into her long buggy (see
screenshot at left). Kids need to match numbers and place the bugs
in numerical order.
Then it's time to work their way
through and up the Number Pyramid. More work with numbers is
involved as kids catch jewels.
At the Lost City, kids find the
lost items including, of course, Dora's Osito. The program ends
with a "We Did It!" song and a few storyline wrap-ups.
Spanish words and phrases are
used throughout the program, although English predominates. The
game is really fun for preschoolers, but it is too short! If only
there was one or two more activities...
more pictures from the
game, along with our notes, in the screenshot
[For more information, user
reviews, or to buy:
Dora the Explorer: Lost City Adventure
or Dora the Explorer: Lost City Adventure (Jewel Case)
- True to the Dora TV
- Educational activities
are both charming and fun.
- Too short -- it would
benefit from more activities.
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