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It is possible to get these games at real knock down prices currently, sold separately also but ours came in a handy box set. My eldest daughter was 4 and a half at the time of writing and like most kids these days has grown up with Dora and Diego.
Dora is her version of my Bod, Bagpuss (new series coming I hear), Jamie and the Magic Torch and Mr Ben. My daughter has been using a PC in some form or other from the age of around 10 months but really enjoyed having her first game to slot into the CD drive and install. Although once installed it is on your pc until deletion - she still insists on putting the CD in each time she plays.
These titles are playable by children unassisted from the age of 3. The creators have handily provided additional level difficulties, I would suggest the easy level for 3 year olds, medium is for early 4 to 5 year olds and difficult is for 6 years on.
My daughter played this through to completion several times.
In Dora's World Adventure we are taken on a journey to several Countries including China, Russia and France. This is so that Dora can pass on her good intentions by providing friendship bracelets to the people she meets. Unfortunately, that naughty rascal Swiper the fox has stolen all of the bracelets. So Dora needs your help.
The games are spread across a plethora of activities that ensure a wide variety of motor and computer skills are developed. Our kids certainly became proficient in using the mouse to sort colours and match shapes etc.
My daughter played this through to completion several times, it is just about the right length for this demographic, and the level difficulty has been pitched perfectly. An added bonus is that my daughter became familiar with the different Countries and some of their recognisable landmarks such as the Eiffel Tower. Music typical of the location in question helps to enhance the experience.
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