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What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Doki is the story of a group of friends whose curiosity about the world drives exciting and fun-filled adventures inspired by everyday events. For example, learning to juggle causes one to wonder how it might work in space, and mastering a rock wall makes another want to tackle the world's largest mountain. Each story exposes kids to a new place and new elements of science and nature as they relate to that location, all in a fun, age-appropriate manner. In addition, the characters are good models of effective problem-solving, helpfulness, and resourcefulness. This enjoyable show is an excellent choice for kids.
What's the story?
DOKI follows the adventures of an exuberant dog named Doki (voiced by Griffin Hook) and his friends -- Oto the anteater (Caden Hughes), Gabi the goat (Sarah Sheppard), Fico the otter (Lucas Kalechstein), Anabella the flamingo (Katie Grant), and Mundi the ladybug (Tara Emo) -- known collectively as Team Doki. Together the friends set off on far-flung expeditions to see the world and learn all about it, from seeing how gravity works (or doesn't work) in space to wondering whether there's such a thing as a modern dragon. In each case, they travel in a vehicle of Oto's making (typically a plane, though sometimes a rocket or other craft) to explore distant places and learn about their people, animals, cultures, and natural significance.
Is it any good?
This friendly bunch of characters makes an excellent virtual tour guide for kids who are curious about the people and places of the world. They're inquisitive and excited about learning, and they overcome the inevitable bumps in the road by thinking critically to solve the problem; when that doesn't work, they learn from their mistakes and try something else. The process has excellent messages about self-confidence, teamwork, friendship, and the value of asking questions.
In addition to exploring lots of aspects of the natural sciences, Doki also exposes kids to a variety of new places and cultures in simple but meaningful ways. A trip to China for some silk thread to mend a scarf becomes a lesson on how silkworms work, but it also touches on the sounds, the food, and the art forms of the place on a level that's easy for kids to grasp. And for those who want to enhance the experience, the stories plant the seed for further learning as a family.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about what inspires Doki's adventures with his friends. How do their everyday activities prompt questions about the bigger world around them? Why do they want to learn about where things come from or how life is in other places?
Kids: Which topics inspire your curiosity? Do you like to draw? Build things? Solve puzzles? Is it fun to explore new places? Where would you most like to go if you could, and why?
Each of Doki's friends brings unique value to the group's adventures. What do your kids consider to be the friends' best qualities? How do they use these qualities to be good citizens?
- Premiere date: December 23, 2009
- Cast: Griffin Hook, Sarah Sheppard, Caden Hughes
- Networks: qubo, Online
- Genre: Kids' Animation
- Topics: Adventures, Friendship, Great Boy Role Models, Great Girl Role Models, Science and Nature
- Character Strengths: Curiosity, Teamwork
- TV rating: TV-Y
- Available on: Streaming
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