Yakka Dee

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Polly Conway, Common Sense Media
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Simple but super series helps kids learn words.

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Educational Value

Kids are encouraged to say words aloud and are age-appropriately shown what each word means, often through rhyme and repetition. 

Positive Messages

Learning is both fun and important; kids learn and speak in different ways. 

Positive Role Models & Representations

Dee and the kids on the show are racially diverse and kids with disabilities are also well-represented. Learning difficulties are also subtly addressed as some kids are more reluctant to say the words than others. 

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What parents need to know

Parents need to know that Yakka Dee is a show that helps young kids learn and and say words. It has a simple premise: animated Dee chooses a word, and each 5-minute episode revolves around exploring that word, including seeing a diverse group of kids saying the word aloud. This sweet series is great for kids who are just learning to speak and put together words and images (though it might feel a little repetitive to grown-ups watching along).  

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Kid, 10 years old January 18, 2020

This is Great!

This show actually taught my 2 year old niece how to talk!

What's the story?

In YAKKA DEE, friendly, animated Dee (Saanvi Patel) starts each episode by choosing the word they're going to examine that day; for example, "book." With Dee as a guide, real kids are encouraged to say the word aloud, while Dee shows off different versions of the word ("scrapbook," "flip book," etc) in cute animations. Kids say the word in their own ways, which can include sign language. Others might feel shy or reluctant to give the word a try; Dee gives them an extra opportunity to hear it again as the bulk of the episode repeats.  

Is it any good?

This deceptively simple series might seem silly to older kids or some parents, but it's an excellent learning tool, especially for kids who might have difficulty verbalizing or processing words. Dee is enthusiastic and the adorable, diverse group of real-life kids are fun to watch as they say the episode's word in their own voices. Using rhyme and repetition, Yakka Dee makes it very clear what each word means and how it can be used. The show also subtly shows kids that every voice is valid and that it's okay to need a little extra help sometimes. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about language. Why is communication important? What other ways can people communicate with each other without speaking (for example, sign language)?

  • What words are your favorites? Are there some that are extra fun to say? 

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