Pocoyo is a British-Spanish television series featuring the adventures of a young boy and his friends: Pato the duck, Ellie the elephant and Loula, a dog. I first came upon the Pocoyo series accidentally, as one of its videos was contained in the terrific ABC apps from Peapod Labs.
It turned out my young client is a BIG fan. I easily found other Pocoyo resources on YouTube (as is often the case) and discovered that the series’ vignettes were perfect for targeting both macrostructure with Braidy, the StoryBraid®, microstructure aspects (verbs and pronouns) as well as Social Thinking® and play skills, all targets for my client.
Take for example, “Don’t Touch!” Like all Pocoyo stories, “Don’t Touch” is part of a larger episode, all available on YouTube. In this story, Pocoyo is very curious about Ellie’s block castle but must remember her request to not touch it!
The story can be analyzed and reviewed with Braidy® as follows:
Setting: The playspace
Kick-Off: Pocoyo discovers a block castle built by his friend Ellie, who asks him to protect it.
Internal Response: interested, curious.
Thought Bubble: Wants to touch the castle.
Plan: To keep the castle safe until Ellie returns.
Attempt #1: Pocoyo goes to touch the castle, but Ellie reminds him not to!
Attempts #2-3: Pocoyo goes to touch the castle, but Loula and Pato come by and he tells them not to touch it, remembering his job.
Attempt #4: WE need to remind Pocoyo not to touch the castle.
Attempt #5: Pocoyo’s excitement gets the best of him and he pulls a block from the castle, so it falls down.
Direct Consequence: Pocoyo says, “I’m sorry” to Ellie and they rebuild an even better castle.
Resolution: We learn that friends can fix things together!
Pocoyo stories can be retold within a range of developmental levels, and are particularly suited to describing Actions (Settings are somewhat vague within the 3D white space of the series). In addition to the overall narrative, this video prompted a number of targets and activities:
Check out more Pocoyo videos on their YouTube channel; it’s a rich resource for preschool and kindergarten students.
The team from Pocoyo has also produced a number of app resources (for iPad and Android) useful for exploring the stories and as extension activities. The Pocoyo “Tales” apps are interactive books depicting the stories from the episodes, with similar narrative structures.
Other apps include “playsets” such as Pocoyo Playset—Weather and Seasons, linking to science concepts, categories and sequential language. This app has many features including a “weather maker” and story creation tool.