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VTech Dora Laptop
Our little one loves Dora the Explorer and so this Christmas, we bought the Dora the Explorer toy laptop. I have seen this laptop in shops for around £25.00 though we managed to pick it up for £14.00 plus P&P on Amazon. At the same time on Amazon, I also saw it for £65! Goodness knows why it was selling for that ridiculous price!
The laptop is purple and yellow with a connected mouse in the same colours. When opened, you will see a small display screen - too small really for young children - and a keyboard on the bottom with letters and number buttons. There is also a little decorative see-through dome with a model of Dora who dances when you complete activities.
Do not be mistaken in thinking this is a real laptop! This is a preschool up toy laptop which helps educate young children in different activities including letters and numbers. All in all, there are ten activities for your child to play. These cover the following;
Number mountain - For slightly older children. A math activity to teach addition, subtraction and other sums. A little too old for my little one at the moment though it doesn't stop youngsters from trying!
Library Book Counting - Count how many books are on the screen and select the right number
Letter Forest - An easy one for younger children. All you need to do is press a letter on the keyboard and Dora will tell you what it is and what it is for, ie: A for Apple.
Alphabet Books - A find the missing letter activity
Spelling Books - Another find the missing letter activity
Shape Valley - Match the right shapes activity - one of my little ones favourite activities.
Everybody is Dancing - Dora, Boots and their friend Tico all perform dance moves, though one always gets it wrong. It is the child's job to select who does it wrong.
Find the other half of the book - A matching activity to select the right half of the book which is missing.
Hide and Seek - The well known game of dropping a ball into a bag, moving them around and finding the bag which has the ball in.
Celebrate with Dora - Mixing letters with song. Simply press a letter to hear a song to which Dora and her friends dance to. A simple game for the very young.
All the activities are designed to teach and encourage children to learn about numbers, letters and other such activities. Our little one absolutely loves this laptop. There are a few activities in which are a little hard for the very young, though many of which are perfect so this laptop does have activities to last a child for a few years of growing up.
I feel that the laptop is a great learning tool and the use of the mouse attached also helps the child with real mouse control on a real computer. The screen is a little small in my opinion, and the repetitive music is a little annoying for adults though other than that it is a great little learning tool.
Together with Dora, Boots and other characters from the TV programme, this brightly coloured child's laptop allows your child to develop new skills in a fun way including letters and words, music, maths, logic and games.
Just like a real laptop this has its own mouse to use with large, brightly coloured buttons that are easy for little fingers to press alhough the same buttons can be found for use on the keyboard if preferred. A small figurine of Dora stands in a plastic bubble underneath the LCD screen waving her arms in encouragement as she guides you through the tasks that will enable you to find all the books she needs to return to the library.
What I particularly like is that Dora, using English and a smattering of Spanish words, explains each task simply and congratulates you when you get it right and encourages you to try again if you make a mistake and helps you if stuck (together with a hint button on the keyboard if needed). There is also a small section of the LCD screen that is sectioned off so that Dora's face can be seen explaining what you have to do which is quite a good idea so your child has a focus point whilst the task is being explained.
This cost around £30 when we bought it two years ago and I have to say that over the last couple of years it didn't get used much after the novelty wore off (although now, as I review it, my 5 year old daughter is playing on it)! I think this is mainly because of the very basic quality of the LCD screen which is fairly small and the graphics are shown only in black with the pictures and words being made up of blacked out tiny squares which make up the LCD screen, making them very simplistic. This lack of detail and colour perhaps is why this has not held my children's attention enough to be a toy they continually go back to again and again. This is why I have personally given it only three stars but I do actually consider it a very good learning toy - just not engaging enough for my kids perhaps.
Some activities include: matching two halves of a picture which utilises concentration and coordination skills, doing basic maths sums, finding the first letters of words and finding the odd one out. Once all the library books are found you can celebrate at the end by choosing songs for the characters to dance along to.
A good toy probably best suited to 3-4 year olds.
**** Review also posted on Ciao under Ryanellaxx ****
We took our daughter shopping for her 2nd birthday and she found this in Woolworths for £25. She was always playing on our laptop so thought it would be fun for her-a bit old for her at the time but she loved Dora and its all she wanted.
The thing she loved the most was the dancing Dora in the middle this got a lot of laughs! And luckily shes domed in in a plastic case so cant get ripped out.
It has loads to do on it all to help children learn but in a fun way.
There is 9 games on it-learning letters, how to spell, how to count and add/subtract, shapes and a couple of games that are about watching and copying.
It opens up and is set out like a real laptop a winning point for us and has a mini screen on the top. It is only a black and white screen and sometimes things can be hard to follow as I found when playing on it as it can be very quick.
My daughter can sit for hours playing on this and it has helped her speak clearer and count.
(It also has a mouse that attatches at the back)
I love the idea of learing computers for children. I have noticed over the past few years technology is playing a big part in our childrens lives and schools drill this into them. This computer is lovely for the girls and because it is a charactor from tv she tends to play with it alot.
This was given to me the other day so I have spend a bit of time playing with this with my 2 year old daughter. Upto yet she doesn't know how to play or recognise numbers or letters so it is rarther challenging at the minuite. It has a yellow base and a purple screen with the picture of dora and her monkey on the front. It has nice bright coloured letter buttons that are orange and the activity buttons are in a bright green. The layout of the buttons are the same as a normal computer would be so that they are able to recognise them when they do start using a normal computer. The on button is a big purple colour and the off is a smaller blue button. This also has a big speaker on the left hand side that you can really hear the sound come out of. Also in the center of the computer at the top there is a plastic dora in a see through plastic cover that dances up and down when the child is playing. The voice of dora is used when you are playing the games and on some occasions it speaks in spanish so this teaches my child some basic language skills.
The games and learning activities are quiet easy for when children are learning. You have letters and words that you have to match the letters and add letters to words and are at different levels for your childs development. Children learn better through music and their is an opition for music which is brilliant for them. There is also a maths activity that teaches them numbers and the addition and subtracting. Then they also have logic and games that stimulate your child and still hold the learning process in them which is great. I have found that although my daughter is only 2 she is picking up the basics of these activities very well and is definatley learing what it is teaching.
I think this is an attractive computer for young girls and that the activities are very good and helpful. The computer is from 3 years and above but I have found that even for a 2 year old the activities are brilliant for early learning. I have found my daughter has been very interested in playing with it and uses the function of music when she is not able to sit with me and play the activities. I would invest in this for a young child but they may grow out of it because of it being a baby program theme. It is a very eye catching colour and is small enough to sit on a childs lap. Mine never came with a mouse so I am not sure how that function would work. You can purchase this from £15 from various stores or you could hope that you may get given one like we did. This would be a good investment and I would pay the money for it if it hadn't been donated to me.
My father in law bought this for my daughter for £5 on a car boot sale, I had previously seen it on sale in stores for between £20 to £30 and as she had been asking for her own laptop so that she could be like mummy and daddy, my father in law purchased this for her.
To begin with she was too young to understand how to actually use the item and instead would just tap her fingers over the keys in anyway possible just to replicate me typing and so we soon got in the habit of if I had work today she would sit next to me with her laptop and type along too. Great way to keep her enterained whilst still enabling me to get on with my work. Since then though, she has started to understand the games and will now use it to help her learn all about letters and numbers. In addition to the variety of letter and number games, she has also picked up bits of spanish and will now say Adios instead of bye, which we find quite amusing, but also very clever!
The product itself is made of a hard plastic. There is a mouse which attaches to the laptop which makes noises when the buttons are pressed. There is a small connector part which could be percieved as a choking hazard so it is best to always supervise when your child is using this product. It is made up of bright colours and all the features are clearly displayed which assists with the ease of navigation.
Overall this is a good product of good quality. I wouldnt pay the full recommended retail price for this item, but they can be purchased second hand for between £5 to £15 dependent upon conditon and for this price I would highly recommend it as a fun educational toy.
My daughter seen a little girl playing with this at her dance class one day and was green with envy.
Dora had always been a big favourite in our house and I have to say the music and movement intriged me.
So when she hadnt asked for much for her birthday last year I decide to get her this.
It is made by Vtech and is very good quality. It looks like a proper laptop with keyboard and mouse. The keyboard is in alphabetical order so it is easier for the children to find the correct letter by running through the alphabet.
It is set as a carnival and you have to help Dora and Boots collect the tickets as you play the games.
There are great games to play involving matching shapes, finding letters and numbers and basic logically thinking like trying to find books that belong to the library.
My children all really like when the like Dora character in the dome in the middle dances and the music plays. The colours of the laptop are bright and inviting for children and voice is very clear and tells you what you have to do. The voice is clearly recognisable as Doras which is great.
We have had this for over a year now and it has been played with loads as we take it in the car with us and the batteries have never needed changed.
The only issues I have with this is that to open the laptop you have to pull 2 tabs, one on either side and lift the screen at the same time and even my 4 year old has trouble doing this. Also the connecter when the mouse joins is like the connecter for your phone socket and after a little use the tab snapped off so it now just falls out. Fortunately it doesnt affect the laptop or any of the games as they can all be played with the keyboard.
We bought my son this Dora laptop for his 1st birthday a couple of years ago mainly because he would get so annoyed when we would not let him touch our computers.
Recently he has started to take a very big interest in it as he is learning his alphabet in playgroup , he gets very excited when he finds the right letter.
*** The Laptop***
The laptop is made out of very strong plastic which is a good thing the amount of times it lands up on the floor! It is purple and yellow in colour and the keys are orange and green and there is an On and Off switch
To open the lid of the laptop you will see an orange button on each side of the laptop you have to press these together for the lid to open.
Inside of the lid is a small lcd screen and in the middle of the laptop you will find an interactive dora who dances when you switch it on. You will also find a picture of Dora and Boots and there are 2 orange buttons one is to change the brightness , the other is for the volume.
There is also a mouse which has 4 directional cursor keys and an enter button.
***Modes Of Play ***
So you basically press a letter key so A for example and Dora will say A is for apple and a picture of an apple will come up. She will then say press a letter and so you continue until you want to move on to another game.
~Collect the Spelling Books~
In this game you have to help Dora find the beginning letter of a word so for example a picture will come up of a house and underneath the word -ouse and the child will look for the correct letter. If they get it right a little picture of Dora will appear in the top left corner of the screen , if they get it wrong a little x will appear and they will be asked to try again.
~Count the Library Books ~
On the screen you will see some books and you have to count them and then press the right number , if you are correct Dora will say well done , if you are wrong it will make a noise and a little x will appear in the top left corner of the screen you will be asked to try again.
Number mountain is and add and subtraction game , when you get 3 in a row right a picture appears on the screen with some music
In shape valley you have to find the correct shape so there will be picture of a shape on one side of the screen and then different shapes appear on the other side of the screen when you find the correct shape you have to press the enter button.
There is also a collect the spelling books ,wrong move game , hide and seek and music.
*** What do I think? ***
This is a very good laptop to help children with numbers and their alphabet and it also helps them to get used to using a mouse.
The one thing I like about this laptop is if my son leaves it on and goes off to do something else it will switch itself off.
My son and nieces have loads of fun with this toy and the good thing is as well as playing with the laptop they are learning at the same time!
We paid £24.99 for this toy and it is well worth it , it will need 3 x AA batteries which last a while.
This is also on ciao my id there is lazytowner
We bought this for our daughter last Christmas and she has played with it on and off. I don't think it has been as popular as I thought it would be but I have noticed that she has been playing with it more (perhaps the change from being nearly 3 to being nearly 4). It seems to be well made and consists of a yellow and purple laptop with an attached mouse. I did have concerns about the mouse going missing or being broken as it dangles and there is nothing to secure it to to keep it safe. The laptop has a number of electronic games which you can see on a rather small LED screen (I thought this was too small for young children and probably would have been better if the screen was the same size as the laptop lids like conventional adult laptops). The games test all kinds of skills including literacy and numeracy (count the library books, what letter does this word start with etc).
The downsides as far as I can see are the small screen and the fact that it is quite hard to open, daughter can't open it on her own and has to wait for an adult to help her. The price can be prohibitive too, last year it was retailing between £28 to £35 but you could get special offers, we managed to pick ours up from Toys R Us for £24.99. It seems to have been replaced by the Dora Carnival laptop which is pretty similar with a similar pricing.
This is a great Dora toy as it is educational as well as fun to play. Both my daughters have one of these as I bought them one and then got another as a present. We were going to return it and change it but they both loved playing with their own laptop at the same time laid on the floor.
As it is made buy Vtech you will guess that it is a good quality product which will help your kids with their learning. Your child will have to guide Dora through all types of games to collect prize tickets. It helps to teach the children letters, numbers, shapes, and logic. They can select seven different activities and then select the mode of play they require.
The keyboard on the board is an abc keyboard and also there is a colorful mouse that can be used to select. It encourages the child to get used to working on a computer and using a mouse to select things. A very colorful way of introducing a computer to the younger child.
It has a little Dora figure in the bubble at the top of the keyboard to entertain the child. Dora dances and moves when the child gets the correct answer. Also it play sounds when things happen such as a correct answer is given, and when Dora talks it uses her real voice which the kids love. The noise that it plays though does get a little too much after a while.
Du dudu dudu Du dudu dudu Dooo (you will know it if you heard it)
It retails at around £30.00 at ELC but is often found on the Boots 3 for 2 offers and on offer in other shops.
I was out shopping with my mum just before Christmas, she was starting to panic as it was drawing ever closer and she couldn't decide what to buy my daughter, Abbie for Christmas - I mean what do you get a 2 and a half year old who already has practically everything! Anyway, we were looking through Boots for a gift set for one of mums workmates when she spotted this smart little Dora The Explorer laptop next to the tills.
It's mainly purple and yellow in colour with the Dora the Explorer logo on the top. When you open it up with the 2 catches on the side you get a small display screen and on the bottom a keyboard of numbers and letters in sequence. In the centre is a plastic see through dome with a figure of Dora in it who flaps her arms when it's turned on.
Now my girl LOVES anything to do with Dora, and she's recently been showing a rather annoying interest in my own laptop! We thought this would be perfect for her. And even better...it was only £24.99!
SO, WHAT DOES IT DO?
Basically, it helps to educate your child. There are ten interactive activities for your child to do, these are:
THE LETTER FOREST - Press a letter on the keyboard and Dora will tell you what it stands for, 'a is for apple' and so on.
COLLECT THE ALPHABET BOOKS - Help Dora to arrange the letters. You will be asked which letter is missing in the sequence, e.g. 'find the letter that comes after I, 'I _ K'.
COLLECT THE SPELLING BOOKS - Help Dora find the beginning letter, as it say's find the beginning letter to a word. Find the beginning letter of mouse, _ouse.
COUNT THE LIBRARY BOOKS - A picture of some books will be displayed on the screen, all you do is press the number to how many books there are shown.
NUMBER MOUNTAIN - A series of sums, either addition or subtraction, simply press the number that is the answer.
SHAPES VALLEY - A picture made up of shapes appears on the left hand side of the screen, on the right hand side some shapes will appear one by one. When you see the shape that is flashing on the left hand side appear on the right you have to press 'enter'.
EVERYBODY IS DANCING - Boots, Dora and Tico (all characters in the show) do a sequence of dance moves, one of them do do one of the moves the opposite way to the others, just select the person who did it wrong.
FIND THE OTHER HALF OF THE BOOK - Two pages of a book are shown, one side has half a picture on it. The other half shows different pictures scrolling one by one, match the halves to make a complete picture.
HIDE AND SEEK -Dora, Boots and Tico all have a bag each. A ball is shown dropping into the bag then the bags are moved around. You need to select who has the ball.
CELEBRATE WITH DORA - Press a letter key to hear a song. Press any letter key and one of the characters will dance to a song.
So, all these basic activities teach your child, letter names, the alphabet, words, spelling, basic spanish (Dora throws a word in now and again!) and simple sums. Brilliant.
SO, DID ABBIE LIKE IT?
Well, Christmas Day arrived along with my parents and her many presents and put it this way, nothing else got a look in! She loved it! I think it's mainly because when I'm on my computer she can be like mummy and play on hers at the same time! She thinks it's a real laptop like mine cause it even has a mouse!!! The main reason I like it is not only does it keep her quiet for hours on end, but it's very educational also.
ARE THERE ANY DOWN SIDES?
Yes, the only down side is from my point of view really. That's the background music, it repeats itself over and over again and you can't turn the music off or turn it down!
I think this helps greatly in getting your child to practice basic skills ready to start school.
Not only is it very beneficial in developing your childs skills in many areas but it gives your child great enjoyment and fun too. Not to mention the peace and quiet you get when they are kept busy!!
Thanks for reading!
We brought my daughter this computer for christmas from argos for £24.99
I wont waste our time describing what it looks like as there is a picture at the top for any who doesnt know.
There are loads of activities on the laptop, it teaches children the names of letters, sounds of letters, the alphabet, basic words, spellings of basic words, simple addition and subtraction sums along with basic spanish.
The lap top has a music game, a matching game and a memory game.
My daughters favorite is a learning adventure game where she has to help dora to take back all the books to the library, she spends ages playing this game.
The screen on the computer is brilliant, unlike the previous laptops we have brought for our daughter this has a lcd colour screen, well i tell a lie it actually has 2. If you look on the picture you will see the large screen with the orange square around it, this is the screen the games are played on, on the top left hand corner of this screen there is a smaller screen outlined in yellow this has dora in it explaining what you need to do and giving you any help you need.
The key board is basic but at the back of the keyboard you have a 3d dora doll who dances and shoutes incouragement to you wholst you are playing.
The mouse is realy easy for a child to use with a big select button at the top and 4 directional buttons to go left, right, up or down.
This lap top is educational at the same time as being fun, it helps with basic computer skills aswell as numeracy and word skills.
The lap top needs 3 aa batteries.
The computer is designed for children aged 3 to 6 years, my daughter who is almost 5 can play this computer very easily but my 3 year old struggles to even under stand what she is supposed to be doing with it,
Join Dora on a learning adventure! Help Dora return all the books to the library as she guides you on a learning adventure! Dora's laptop is your child's first laptop, introducing age appropriate curriculum through 10 engaging activities. With cheerful music and Dora's real voice, your child will develop early computer skills whilst playing and exploring with Dora and her friends!