Dora’s Ballet Adventures Now on DVD!

Check out the new DVD compilation called Dora’s Ballet Adventure and watch how she, Boots, and the gang have get Dora’s Ballet slippers in time, have to cross the Troll Bridge, help the Big Red Chicken, and get instruments from Senor Shh! Four great episodes include:

Dora’s Ballet Adventure
Dora, La Músico
The Super Silly Fiesta
Surprise

Dora the Explorer, created by Chris Gifford, Valerie Walsh Valdes and Eric Weiner, is a play-along, animated adventure series starring Dora (Caitlin Sanchez). Dora is a seven-year-old Latina heroine whose adventures take place in an imaginative, tropical world filled with jungles, beaches and rainforests. She explores her world just as preschoolers do everyday, and the show is designed to actively engage its audience in an interactive quest using a variety of learning techniques.


In every episode, Dora and Boots (Regan Mizrahi) invite the audience to participate in an exciting adventure, where each step of their journey consists of a problem or puzzle that Dora and the audience must think their way through in order to solve the next problem. Dora is proudly bilingual and uses her knowledge of English and Spanish to communicate with her friends, overcome obstacles and reach her goals. In each episode, Dora teaches Spanish words or phrases to the viewers and then asks them to use it to solve a problem and forge ahead. Ultimately, Dora and her best friend, Boots, triumph, and the story always ends with a “We Did It!” anthem.

Our Take:  Now on DVD Dora’s Ballet Adventure was something my youngest daughter just adores and watches over and over.  Being a dancer, along with her big sister, my 5 year old remembers her first dance recital and the excitement of performing in her beautiful costume for the whole family to see.  Though we didn’t have any issues with our shoes, we giggled throughout the show about flippers and how they would NOT be appropriate for dancing!  With four great episodes to watch, my daughter passed the time on a recent car trip enjoying each show.  We were on a waiting list for a Spanish immersion school but haven’t gotten in, my daughter says enthusiastically, “I can just watch Dora forever and I’ll learn my Spanish!” We loved this DVD because it was all about dancing and parties, something every little girl loves! The predictability of each episode and the memorable songs make Dora a staple in our household!

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Mega Bloks Playsets: Dora’s Bath Time

For Ages 3 and up, Mega Bloks has playsets that kids can build and rebuild and adding Dora the Explorer as the main character makes it that much more appealing to kids!  My 5 year old has been a Dora fan for years and also has a big brother who has taught her how to play with connectible blocks, so the Dora’s Bath Time toys from Mega Bloks was perfect for her to try out!

The 23-piece set is colorful and fun and has some cute accessories including 2 skirts for Dora!  The Mega Bloks are big enough for small hands to manipulate and set and reset with ease.  In about 10 minutes she had put the set together (and took it apart and redid it) to her liking and then began decorating with the stickers included.  My daughter then set out to find other “people” and “animals” to join Dora’s bathtime fun!  One animal toy she used, I overheard her call “Swiper” and he swiped the hairdryer, it was great to see and listen to her act out one of her favorite television shows.


The bathtub, duck, and Dora doll have all sat tub-side while my daughter has bathed and more imaginative and creative play was introduced.  I love this toy, it’s one that makes you feel good and that will be used over and over again, each time a different story line and adventure.  Just what childhood and toys are all about! 

The price point is fabulous at $14.99 and the set can work together with the other great Dora playsets available at K-Mart, Toys “R” Us, Wal-Mart, select Target stores, and Amazon.com.

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Holiday Gift Guide: Kideo.com-Personalize Your Child with Their Favorite Characters

I remember watching Romper Room and The Polka-Dot-Door when I was a kid and always dreaming about being on the show.  How did those kids get selected?  I was so envious of them.  When my oldest daughter watched Barney as a toddler, she told me once she wanted to  sing and dance like those kids casted.  My youngest is still young and now I have a chance to get her in her very own role as a character in her favorite TV show.  Even if it is animated!!

Kids can star alongside one of their favorite animated characters such as Dora the Explorer, Spider-Man and the Care Bears as well as Barney in a one-of-a-kind online adventure. Kideo.com is a newly redesigned website which launched this month where you can upload your child’s photo and name and in just minutes, they will be digitally inserted into their own personalized story in effect becoming the next preschool superstar!
Kids are truly left in awe when they see themselves and hear their names said onscreen by their favorite character.

The site offers all-new online streaming and instant downloading capabilities so you can share your customized videos with friends and relatives on Facebook, YouTube etc. Right now you can purchase the videos in English, Dutch, Spanish and Turkish. The video can also be purchased on DVD so you can have as a keepsake for years to come.

My take:  Making the video is so fun.  I had my daughter next to me as we did it and she was beaming from ear to ear.  I love that you can see the video before you purchase it to make sure the photo you select is just right.  I did have to do it a few times to get my daughter’s head proportion right.  They let you type in your child’s name and you can have it played so it’s pronounced correctly too! Not only do you see your child in the video, you hear their name said again and again! It’s truly an adorable gift for the holidays, birthdays, and such a wonderful keepsake!

Streaming video is available for $7.99, instant download is $8.99, and the keepsake video is $19.99.

We received similar produc for review.  The opinions are my tried and true experience.