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Pinky Dinky Doo - Show Review

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Pinky Dinky Doo

Pinky Dinky Doo Family

Photo © NOGGIN
TV Rating: TV-Y
Target Age Group: Preschoolers
Network: NOGGIN
Air Time: 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. (ET) (*air times can change, so check your local listings to verify)

Pinky Dinky Doo - Overview

Pinky Dinky Doo may be a little girl, but she has big ideas and an even bigger imagination. Pinky lives with her family, the Dinky Doo’s, including Mom, Dad, her little brother Tyler, and her pet Mr. Guinea Pig. The stories about the pink-haired little girl and her family are animated using a blend of flash animation over photo collage backgrounds. The series is aimed at preschoolers and is based on a collection of stories written by creator Jim Jinkins. According to NOGGIN, Pinky Dinky Doo is the network’s first original series dedicated to enhancing early literacy.

Beginning each episode, Tyler comes to Pinky with a big problem, and he uses a big word to help describe it. A sweet and caring big sister, Pinky takes Tyler to the story box where, with strategic help from Mr. Guinea Pig, Pinky tells a story that will surely lift Tyler’s spirits and help him solve the dilemma. Tyler’s big word is used several times throughout the story, and Pinky often reminds Tyler that “anything can happen in a story.” Each episode features two eight-minute stories each followed by interactive games which help viewing children with literary skills such as recall and order of events.

Pinky Dinky Doo - Educational Goals

Pinky, Tyler, and Mr. Guinea Pig in the Story Box

Photo © NOGGIN
The Pinky Dinky Doo series has four key educational goals:

1. to celebrate the power of inventing stories

2. to introduce basic elements of narrative

3. to provide opportunities to use effective listening comprehension strategies

4. to expand vocabulary through stories

(Information provide by NOGGIN)

Pinky Dinky Doo - Guide Review

Combining the two qualities of fun and educational is essential in helping kids develop a love and desire for learning. Pinky Dinky Doo accomplishes this combination, and the show is cleverly crafted to build children’s foundation of literacy on many different levels.

Children will relate to Tyler’s problems and questions, and they will also relate to the fun stories Pinky tells to help him. By presenting this process in a way that is fun for kids and completely on their level, the show encourages problem-solving and makes the idea of thinking through solutions fun for kids. The story construction and vocabulary presentation expand kids’ capacity for literacy through example, and the games at the end not only allow kids to practice important thinking and literary skills, but they also give parents examples of activities they can do with their children in order to help them develop these skills.

While Pinky may not develop the cult following that characters like Dora and Diego achieve, the show is heavier on education and will provide plenty of fun and entertainment for kids.

Pinky Dinky Doo - Expand Upon the Curriculum

  • Pinky Dinky Doo provides parents with good examples of games they can play with their children to help them with early literacy skills. Also, watch the show with your kids, encouraging them during the show games, and talk more with them about the episode's characters and events.
  • Help kids develop early literacy skills by encouraging them to make up their own stories. In the beginning, kids will need a lot of help, so you can make up stories and have your kids help by filling in the blanks. Or, take turns telling parts of a story and laugh at how it unfolds.
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