Monday, September 22, 2014

NICKELODEON LAUNCHES PRESCHOOL APP INSPIRED BY BRAND-NEW DORA AND FRIENDS: INTO THE CITY! SERIES (App Review)

Disclosure:  I was provided a promotional code from the vendor to download and try out the app.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.



  • Released: Sep 04, 2014
  • Version: 1.0
  • Size: 118 MB
  • Language: English
  • Seller: Viacom International Inc.
Rated 4+
  • Made for Ages 5 and Under
  • Compatibility: Requires iOS 6.0 or later. Compatible with iPad.
My girls can't get enough of the new Dora and Friends: Into the City television series, which airs daily on Nickelodeon.  If you haven't seen this new series, it is all about Dora, who is older and living in the big city. Because Dora is older, you no longer see Boots, her trusty sidekick on the show.  Instead, the show is filled with new characters including Pablo who is usually by Dora's side during the different adventures she goes on, as well as her other friends, Kate Naiya, Alana and others.  Map is still on the show, for those who still watch and love the old Dora the Explorer series.  :-)

It was only a matter of time before toys and apps would be released based on this popular new series, that both preschoolers and older children (boys and girls) enjoy.  While my girls eagerly await to see if Santa brings some of the new Dora and Friends: Into the City toys for them this holiday season, they have been enjoying playing with the new preschool storytelling app.

The new app, which features Dora and her Friends lets fans of the show create their own scenes and bring their stories to life, and is available now at iTunes for only $4.99.

Here is more about this fun new storytelling app...


"The new app lets kids create their own Dora and Friends stories by choosing from an array of backgrounds, music tracks and characters from the new TV show, like Kate, Naiya and Pablo.
Kids can choose from ten locations from the series, including the Arco Iris Cafe, the magical cave and the beach; dozens of props like cameras, microphones and blankets; and several Latin-influenced musical tracks from the series to help bring the scene of their own creation to life. Users also can create up to four customized friends and select different hairstyles, facial features, outfits and even names, as well as record their own voices which can be incorporated into the story.


The Dora and Friends app invites kids to become magical storytellers as they play with Dora and her new friends.

Create Your Own Dora and Friends Stories:

iPad Screenshot 1

With this app, kids can create adventure stories of their very own! They can choose from ten iconic Dora and Friends backgrounds, dozens of props and several musical tracks to bring their scene to life! 

iPad Screenshot 3


Then they’ll play with the characters and watch them interact with the background, props and music in surprising ways.

Make Your Own Friends for Dora:

iPad Screenshot 2

Create up to four additional custom friends to be incorporated into any story. Select different hair-styles, facial features, outfits and more! Even name the new friends.

Build A Personal Gallery:

iPad Screenshot 4

Kids can record their voices as well as the on-screen movements of Dora and her friends. Then they’ll save each recording to the gallery to replay again and again! 


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This app includes lots of educational opportunities for preschoolers and Dora fans:

1.Open-ended activities that include word play, imaginative storytelling, the basic elements of narrative structure and the exploration of characters, settings and events
2.Opportunities for co-play
3.Curriculum developed and reviewed by a preschool education expert

Even though we have only had this app for a short time, the girls can't get enough of it. They get excited choosing the scenes and bringing them to life.  The app itself does take some getting used to in regards to navigating and dropping characters and items into the scenes, especially if the kids playing with the app are little, like my girls were.  But, after a few tries, they got the hang of it and were creating fun stories, that they have been saving to share with Nana and Papa, or to watch on their own time, over and over again.  

At only $4.99, you can't go wrong with this new educational app for kids, who can't get enough of the hit Nickelodeon series, "Dora and Friends: Into the City!."  Like I said, my girls can't get enough of this app, and play it on a daily basis. Kids will have a blast using their imaginations as they put together scenes featuring Dora and her friends.  :-)

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About Dora and Friends: Into the City!
Global phenomenon Dora sets off on her next big adventure in Dora and Friends: Into the City!, a brand-new animated preschool series starring the Latina heroine in new adventures, with new friends and a new interactive curriculum.  Throughout her journeys, Dora uses Map App on her smartphone and a magical charm bracelet to navigate the city and overcome any obstacle.  In the new series, Dora continues to be a good friend, leader, and problem-solver with a group of new friends–Kate, Naiya, Emma, Alana and Pablo-who share her passion for learning and exploring.  Created by Chris Gifford and Valerie Walsh Valdes (Dora the ExplorerGo, Diego, Go!), the series airs weekdays during the preschool block on Nickelodeon. 

About Nickelodeon
Nickelodeon, now in its 35th year, is the number-one entertainment brand for kids. It has built a diverse, global business by putting kids first in everything it does. The company includes television programming and production in the United States and around the world, plus consumer products, online, recreation, books and feature films. Nickelodeon’s U.S. television network is seen in almost 100 million households and has been the number-one-rated basic cable network for 19 consecutive years. Nickelodeon and all related titles, characters and logos are trademarks of Viacom Inc. (NYSE: VIA, VIA.B).


Disclosure:  I was provided a promotional code from the vendor to download and try out the app.  However, all views shared are mine and mine alone.

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