My girls were big fans of Dora the Explorer when they were little. In fact, even my older boys picked up some basic Spanish just from having it on while playing, even though they weren't particularly engaged in watching it.
Because my girls are a bit older now, I guess I missed the news that Dora has a new series out -- Dora and Friends! Actually, it's a spin-off of the original cartoon and features Dora as a pre-teen with a new group of friends and new adventures.
Though I haven't watched this new series with my girls yet, it's my understanding that the Spanish vocabulary in it has been expanded to include phrases and commands, along with the basic vocabulary built through the preschool series.
In conjunction with the new Dora and Friends series, a new line of Dora and Friends toys have been released. Pictured above is the new Talking Dora Doll with Smartphone. Yes, Dora now has her very own smartphone, and she now uses her "Map App" to find her way around Playa Verde, the town that she lives in! The Dora doll can interact with the smartphone by responding to her friends' phone calls, or the phone is a fun toy to play with all on its own.
In addition, you'll find a large assortment of play sets, individual dolls, charm bracelets with interchangeable charms, and more -- all featuring Dora and her multicultural array of friends. Take a look at this video my girls helped put together to get a better look at some of the fun toys in this line.
As I mentioned in the video, this line of Dora and Friends toys is geared toward children ages 3 years and up. Sadly, my girls aren't really into dolls at this point, so I didn't want to open up all of the toys knowing they probably wouldn't play with them much beyond the video.
I think if they were a few years younger, though, they would have played for hours upon hours with the play sets. These are exactly the kind of imaginative, free play-type toys they always enjoyed playing with the most. In any case, they both agreed that everything in the Dora and Friends line is really cute and would make fantastic Christmas gifts!
Find the Dora and Friends line in stores and online at Walmart now! Be sure to check out the quick purchase links below as many of these fun toys are on rollback currently.
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Now, we'll be taking these Dora and Friends toys to our local Walmart to place in the Fill the Truck box to hopefully make some deserving girls and boys in our area very, very happy this Christmas...