Dora the Explorer
Dora the Explorer
is an animated television series that is a wonderful show
for children. It's perfect for pre-schoolers and toddlers.
The lessons are hidden in Dora's adventures and not force
fed. Another one of the best parts of Dora the Explorer show
is the bilingual aspect. Characters speak both English and
Spanish. Dora's adventures are fun and interesting, with
an emphasis on sharing, compromise, and interactivity. Catchy
songs are interspersed with recurring themes. The repetition
can be annoying for a parent, but it's just what young minds
need to aid in learning.
Two stage versions of Dora the Explorer toured North
America, the first being "City of Lost Toys," and the second
being "Dora's Pirate Adventure." Produced by Nickelodeon
and LiveNation, these productions featured live actors portraying
the roles of Dora and her friends, including Boots, Diego,
Isa, and the Fiesta Trio. Many of the characters wore elaborate
foam costumes designed to resemble the Dora characters. Each
production featured a structure similar to an episode of
the television series.
Where does Dora live on the show?
Dora lives in a house with her Mamá and Papi, though
she also often visits her Abuela (grandmother).
What will Dora the Explorer teach my child?
Dora the Explorer teaches children basic Spanish words and phrases
along with math and music skills and physical coordination.
Children also learn with Dora how to observe situations and
How does Dora the Explorer teach Spanish?
In each episode of Dora the Explorer, Dora solves a problem based
on specific words and phrases in conversational Spanish, which
preschoolers learn as they solve the problem with her. These
words and phrases include a variety of basic nouns, adjectives,
and commands, such as "azul" for "blue",
and "cuidado", which means "watch out".
What does "lo hicimos" mean, from the song
Dora and Boots sing at the end of the show?
"¡Lo hicimos!" is the Spanish phrase meaning "we
What does "¡vamonos!" mean?
It means "Let's go" and is a common idiomatic phrase
in Spanish. Dora is bilingual, and she demonstrates that speaking
Spanish is not only a valuable tool, but also a source of pride.
Together you and your child can learn some basic Spanish! Check
out the Dora Playtime site.