Not the typical beast to be associated with the Mesozoic Era. He is purple and fluffy and I doubt that he hunts for food like the ferocious Tyrannosaurus Rex we all encountered in the 1993 hit movie by Stephen Spielberg, Jurassic Park.
Form his debut in April 1992 he has become a bit of a luminary to many households.
Yes, I am referring to Barney of course.
Love him or hate him this anthropomorphic dinosaur has inspired and shaped young (and old) with his catchy sing-a-longs-who doesn’t love the good old “I love you, you love me” closing song? He comes to life through the children’s imagination and each episode highlights important childhood concepts and how to deal with those specific concepts. It’s built around a theme such as learning to count, identifying colours or shapes, or making friends. The concepts within each episode are repeated in various ways to reinforce understanding for young children. Aimed at ages 1 through to 8, this show has become one of the essential building blocks of your child’s education.
Imagination plays a key role in childhood development, it builds skills in many essential developmental areas. When a child engages in pretend play, he is actively experimenting with the social and emotional roles of life. This, in turn, builds self-esteem when children discover they can be anything by simply using their imagination.
Through play, children can express their feelings and cope with difficult situations. It helps relieve stress and develops each child’s unique perspective and individual style of creative expression towards unique responses to the environment.
In short; it guides us into adulthood. The ability to imagine things pervades our entire existence. It influences everything we do, think about and create. It leads to elaborate theories, dreams and inventions in any profession from the realms of academia to engineering and the arts.
Toys and games hugely assist in igniting the senses and imagination. Open-ended toys result in open-ended play. This type of play can evolve over time while also encouraging children to create and problem-solve as they explore the world around them.
What better way to fire the imagination than a Barney plush doll.
He is synonymous with pretend play and adventure and as can be seen quite beneficial to a child’s development.
Your Barney isn’t just for cuddling and sleeping!
Younger children might enjoy feeding their Barney with a toy spoon or putting a blanket over it so it can go to sleep. Older, more experienced children, can have tea parties with Barney, or create an adventure like exploring an unknown island. The possibilities are endless and in this case, the mind is the limit.
So kick off your shoes, put away your cell phones and have some fun.
We would like to share the fun and are giving away an 89cm Barney Plush Doll.
To enter, simply follow the steps.
Hop onto the Barney and Friends Facebook page to enter their giveaway as well.
To enter click on the link below: