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BARNEY is a loveable purple dinosaur who comes to life through children's imaginations. Barney's dinosaur friends Baby Bop and her big brother BJ and his ethnically diverse cast of child playmates solve problems and discover the world around them.

For children 6 months to 3 years old.

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Series Goals

  • Highlight important childhood concepts.
  • Help children understand and deal with those concepts.

Each episode is built around one theme, such as learning to count, identifying colors or shapes, or making friends. The concepts within each episode are repeated in various ways to reinforce understanding for young children.

Helping Kids Prepare for School

Barney helps teach educational concepts through pretend play, singing, reciting rhymes and playing games. Strong emphasis is placed on social skills such as making friends, sharing, good manners, and cooperation. The series also stimulates language development, problem-solving, music and physical activity, so that children are prepared for the social and learning situations they will encounter in a school setting.

When to Watch

Find out when BARNEY airs in your area, and also get episode descriptions and related activities!

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Attention Caregivers!

Get activities, video clips, lesson plans, and more from the Parents & Teachers section of BARNEY!

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