teaching acceptance, inclusion and diversity through animation
The Polka Dot Kids
Let's face it: The media molds and shapes the thinking, values, ideals and attitudes of society. We feel strongly at The Polka Dot Project the need to produce quality, wholesome media that reiterates in every episode how to accept, include and treat children and adults with special needs.
The Polka Dot Kids is a part of Lifelong Media’s soft skills learning collection for early childhood learners, and the families and organizations that support them. These collections are specifically designed to help young learners develop the 21st Century skills they will need for life while simultaneously exploring the diversity of the human experience.
The Polka Dot Kids animation is unique because it is inclusive, featuring children with special needs. By discovering what they have in common with their peers who may be different, young learners grasp the importance of appreciating and celebrating their uniqueness.
About The Polka Dot Kids:
The Polka Dot Kids attend a typical school just outside of a major city. They interact with both typical children and other special needs children. Every week they are called upon to assist with an emergency that is happening somewhere within the world or universe.
The other teams are also a mix of typical kids and special needs kids. This way we introduce kids of other abilities and challenges into the series. But the main focus will remain on The Polka Dot Kids, how they work together, back each other up, use their special abilities to solve problems, mysteries and crimes, and also how they work with the other wonder-teams to so the same.
These episodes will be exciting, fantastical and will thrill viewers with exceptional music, comedy, voice talent and stunning visual effects. Combined with these elements, most important will be the lessons learned at the end of each episode, where viewers will be taught the value of soft-skills: teamwork, self-discipline, conflict resolution, compassion, communication, and more!