A major feature of societies in all parts of the world are the norms and values they hold dear, which in turn influence their concepts of daily life. These values are usually passed from generation to generation and eventually become the lifeblood of a functional society.
In an effort to raise children who are well-rounded and conscious of these values, we sometimes encounter a disconnect between our perceptions of things as they should be and the reality of life as it is for them. Muslim parents cannot ignore the peculiarities of today’s children, who live in a different clime -one with liberal information and shifting attitudes.
Rather, our methods of shaping the value system of our kids must change and move with the times. KikoRiki aims to build this bridge between both generations, with the aim of teaching kids valuable life lessons.
KikoRiki is an entertaining comedy series set in a world filled with adventure, quirky houses and fairy tale landscapes. It tells the enchanted stories of a vibrant cast of characters known as Rikis.
Every episode begins with a question posed, or a challenge faced by a Riki. Each character explores their unique perspective in finding a solution to the problem.
The show’s cast comprises young and old characters, loosely interpreting the dynamic between these two groups and highlighting their ability to positively impact each other.
Krash, the rabbit is a central character who is always up to some mischief. He’s a big softy at heart with a love of carrots.
Chiko, the porcupine is Krash’s best friend, who is the calm voice of reason in most of their adventures.
Wally, the sheep is a poet who is always in the search for inspiration. He has a huge fear of heights.
Rosa, the pig is the belle of the ball -a little diva who loves pretty things and keeps the boys in line.
Olga, the owl is the mother figure in the story, who doubles as an unofficial doctor. She has a remedy for almost everything and takes care of everyone.
Pin, the penguin is a gear expert who spends his days inventing new contraptions for every imaginable use.
Barry, the bear is a farmer who grows fruits and vegetables in his garden. He also snores like a freight train!
Dokko, the elk is an astrologist and the smartest guy on the block. He wishes he had larger antlers.
TIPS AND TRICKS
• Help your child imbibe the lessons learnt and apply them in real life situations when faced with a conflict by asking, “What would ……. do?” referencing a character from the story.
• Set daily or weekly goals to demonstrate a value learnt from an episode
• Encourage your child to develop friendships with his/her peers. They could have their very own Riki tribe!
We are responsible for sharing and passing our culture and values to the younger ones, to preserve them from extinction. KikoRiki is a valuable tool in teaching lessons that will enhance cognitive development and emotional intelligence in them.
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