Bilingual is Better

As we mentioned last week, this month marks the 10th anniversary of the creation of Dora the Explorer character—the energetic bilingual Latina girl loved by all children and their parents, but especially by those of us raising bilingual children. In honor of this milestone, Fisher Price just debuted a singing and dancing “We Did It” Dora doll that will put your niños a bailar—or at least that’s what happened at my house when she came out of the box!

The first thing my daughter loved was Dora’s long, silky black hair. She quickly figured out that to get Dora dancing, all she had to do was press the pink flower on one of her shoes. And so she did time and time again because each time the flower’s pressed, Dora does something different.

First she dishes out a few commands in both languages so kids can learn how to follow her in the “We Did It” dance using words like arriba and abajo often. I don’t know how she does it, but she had my daughter repeating the commands and following suit as soon as she turned her on.

Soon she had Vanessa playing the Freeze Dance game by giving her the following instructions:

“When I say baila, dance! When I say para, stop!”

This was, by far, my daughter’s favorite.

Although this is not the first time they come out with a dancing Dora doll, I think this is by far the most realistic. Her arms move up and down and she twists side to side with her long, beautiful hair swaying to the rhythm of the música. I have to say that I think it’s awesome that there’s a doll out there which allows my daughter to feel like she’s not the only one who speaks two languages out there!

In fact, Dora points it out in the Say it Two Ways bilingual dance game. So for example, she’ll start twisting and will say:

“Now twist! In English we say twist. In Spanish we say gira.”

I have to admit that both the music and the dance moves of the new doll are really contagious. So much so that each time my daughter turns her on, her baby brother, Santiago, can’t hold back and immediately starts to boogie!

Check him out here:

The Giveaway

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