If you think Dora the Explorer is nothing more than a sweet show that teaches some Spanish words to 4-year-olds, you couldn't be more wrong. Preschoolers know that when it comes to Dora, adventure is right around the corner! An international phenomena that reaches over 100 million people a year, Dora's far-reaching empire includes countless products, a spin-off show and even a tween version of herself.
Valerie Walsh Valdes is a working mom to two and the creator of one of the most beloved preschool characters ever. From how you can apply the idea of the Map when you need your preschooler to complete a task, to how to limit screen time (really!), find out how being a successful television producer helps her everyday parenting -- especially at bedtime.
Undoubtedly you've seen the show numerous times, but are you a true Dora expert? What was the first Spanish word ever taught on Dora? Which language does Dora teach in Germany or Spain? How long does it take to create one episode? Find out the answers to these burning questions and more!
When you've been around for ten years, you are bound to make lots of friends -- some human, some Big Red Chicken. Take a look at these 26 characters to see who you remember and then read what the producers have to say about their favorites.
There are a lot of things about the show that appeal to children -- the characters and the music certainly -- but it's the interactive nature of the program that really made it stand out from everything else on television.
In 2005, Dora's cousin, 8-year-old Diego Marquez arrived on the scene, and he was a man on a mission -- to help animals in the wildlife. Joined by his 11-year-old sister, Alicia; Baby Jaguar and occasionally, Dora herself, Diego carries a "rescue pack," a camera called "Click" and he hangs around an animal rescue center, which is where he gets the calls to come and save animals.
Season five of the show, which premiered on September 15, 2008 featured a new voice for Dora -- then 12-year-old Caitlin Sanchez. A New Jersey resident, Caitlin is the daughter of two Cuban-American parents. A fan of Dora since she was four years old, she beat out 600 other girls for the job.