During the June holidays, Dana chanced upon a free preview of Nick Jr. channel on cable TV and fell in love with two of its shows targeted at pre-schoolers: ‘DORA The Explorer‘ and ‘Go DIEGO Go!’ Prior to this, I never knew what was the hype with this pair of Latino cousins but now I do and I’ve proudly become a fan too!
For the uninitiated parents, ‘DORA the Explorer’ stars a 7-year-old girl, Dora and her friends. In each episode, Dora invites viewers to join her on an adventure. Using Map to point out the stops on the way, Dora and the viewers must solve problems and overcome obstacles along the way to their goal.
‘Go, DIEGO, Go!’ stars Dora’s cousin, Diego, an 8-year-old boy who loves nature and animals. In each episode, Diego rescues an animal in trouble using observation skills and scientific tools (like computers, field journal, and cameras) while introducing kids to information about each animal’s sound, movement, habitat, diet, family, and other physical characteristics.
We found both shows to be very educational as they encourage the young viewers to think and participate in the problem-solving adventures. There are 3 other shows on Nick Jr. which come highly recommended in terms of educational and entertainment value:
1. ‘Little Bill’ (Created by Bill Cosby)
2. ‘Blue’s Clues’
3. ‘Ni Hao Kai-Lan’
So thanks to Little Dana’s discovery, Nick Jr. is our family’s favourite channel. You can watch all these fantastic programmes on Nick Jr. (Starhub Channel 304). Do refer to the website for its Full Schedule. Enjoy!
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