A lot or a little?
The parents' guide to what's in this movie.
What parents need to know
Parents need to know that Barney: A Super Dee-Duper Day is a short movie starring Barney the purple dinosaur that explores different ways of playing. This sports-focused DVD encourages kids to get up and play with a focus on fun, simple games and toys such as balls. A character with special needs also is introduced, and her mom teaches the other kids how to help those who don't find it easy making new friends or joining in on games.
Show this to your kids not when you think they're old enough, when you think they are MATURE enough!
What's the story?
Barney (Dean Wendt) and friends decide to have a sports day and start their competition by learning about the importance of warming up your muscles. Baby Bop (Julie Johnson) meets a new friend, Jill, and wants her to join in on the games. But Jill, who is very shy, is uncomfortable talking with kids she doesn't know. Jill's mom teaches Baby Bop that finding a game you both feel comfortable playing and saying exactly what you want helps some kids feel more comfortable. After the sports day, Barney helps B.J. solve the mystery of the missing balls the kids were trying to play with.
Is it any good?
Fans of sports and Barney lovers no doubt will enjoy BARNEY: A SUPER DEE-DUPER DAY. There's a lot of talk about exercise, with some fun songs that encourage kids to get up and move. And parents no doubt will love the push Barney gives for simple, imaginative toys such as balls. The segment on accommodating kids with special needs during playtime is especially well done and gives kids actionable tips on how to include everyone in games.
Kids who aren't as into active games may not be as entertained with this Barney film. The songs aren't as engaging as songs from other movies, and it drags on a bit more than usual. But the stellar messages make it worth a shot, especially for die-hard Barney fans.
Talk to your kids about ...
Families can talk about Jill, who finds it hard to talk with kids she doesn't know. How can you make it easier for kids like Jill to make friends and join in on games?
Barney teaches the kids about their five senses. What are the five senses? How do you use yours?
Barney encourages the kids to play with balls instead of remote-controlled toys. Why do you think he prefers simple toys over electronic toys? Are they better? Why, or why not?
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