Dora the Explorer Card Gameby Laurie Johns
This game is good for home, travel and school. It's designed for children ages 4 and up. Two or more players are needed to play the game. This is a good game for helping kids learn beginning reading skills, attentiveness, turn-taking and English/Spanish words.
The object is to be the first person to fill your backpack with all 4 tool cards.
First you seperate 6 backpack cards. Each player gets one as their backpack. The remaining ones are put away and not used. The dealer deals 4 tool cards to each player. They're placed face up behind the backpack. All other cards are put in a pile. Players pick from either the draw pile or discard pile. After drawing you must discard one. If you find or get a match, put it in your backpack. If not, you discard. Turns continue until you have matched all in your backpack and get a Dora card. You can play this game as many times as kids want to!
This game is good for turn-taking, matching, reading and learning some Spanish/English. Plus this game has appeal because many preschool students know and like the character Dora from the preschool show on Nickelodeon "Dora the Explorer". It can be modified to be played in different ways if desired. I used it as just a matching game and laid out all back packs with a variety of 4 items and had boys find matches. We played "Go Fish" with them and practiced the English/Spanish vocabulary. This game can be quite versatile.
It took a little time before my children got the hang of it but once they did, they enjoyed playing it a great deal. They also liked the variations and we played for about an hour total.