Pinky Dinky Doo harnesses the power of TV, print and interactive media to promote reading and imaginative story-telling by inviting children to participate in funny and fantastic stories, games and songs that support critical early literacy skills. The series has four primary goals:
To celebrate the power of inventing stories.
The series showcases the storytelling process, demonstrating to children that stories come from ideas in peopleís heads and that by using their imaginations they can create wonderful and surprising stories.
To introduce basic elements of narrative.
Pinkyís stories and games call attention to the following elements:
• Characters (names, characteristics, role in the story)
• Dialog (who said what?)
• Main ideas (what happened and where did it happen?)
• Sequence of events (what happened and when did it happen?)
To provide opportunities to use effective listening comprehension strategies.
The more time children spend reading, being read to, and talking about what they read, the more they are able to think about and understand stories they hear. Pinkyís stories are designed to:
• Engage viewers in the language and interaction surrounding the stories.
• Promote childrenís ability to listen, think along and learn.
To expand vocabulary through stories.
Listening to stories is a significant source of acquiring and building vocabulary. Pinkyís stories and games:
• Focus on the meaning of words and concepts in the context of the story.
• Feature fun activities such as songs and games with rhyme, rhythm and alliteration. (Source: http://www.sesameworkshop.org/pinkydinkydoo/)