Talkie Time is a series of six-minute sketches for children and grown-ups to play together, or for children to enjoy alone. Playing together with a child makes for a positive shared experience for parents, grandparents, brothers and sisters, and friends and carers. As you read the caption on the top right of the screen, it makes it look like you can talk to Rodd and he's answering back.
Older children who can read can also take over and play it with their younger siblings. It's role playing, as you drop in on your friend Rodd and help him sort out whatever's on his mind today.
As you respond to Rodd in time with the actions written on screen, you mime passing things through to Rodd, throw things through to him, suggest solutions, make friends with his sock puppet, unwrap presents and share many other kind and friendly acts.
Talkie Time is about engrossing children in enjoyable turn-taking, getting them involved in positive exchanges about things that matter to them, fun, feelings, games, gifts and 'let's pretend'.
The educational value of the show
Talkie Time helps children to:
- Learn through fun role play.
- Develop communication skills through learning how to clearly convey what they are thinking and feeling.
- Enjoy shared experiences.
- Express their feelings in a healthy way.