Barney Says, “Clean Up!”

It’s been twenty years since Barney, that ubiquitous purple dinosaur, appeared on television screens. And over the course of those twenty years, children of all ages have grown to love the silly dinosaur, his infectious giggle, and his catchy songs. There is no shortage of Barney and Friends merchandise for young fans, from books and DVDs, to plush Barney toys and games. But what is a parent to do when their little Barney fan won’t cooperate when it’s time to clean up all those great toys? Well, Barney himself has plenty to say about that!

“Clean up, clean up. Everybody, everywhere!
“Clean up, clean up. Everybody, do your share.”

Barney’s “Clean Up” song is one of the few Barney and Friends songs that most of us have heard, even those who have never seen the show. This song is so well-known, in fact, that it’s used in classrooms, churches, and homes around the country to help make cleaning up after play a little more fun for children. But the great thing about Barney’s “Clean Up” song is that it can be used anytime your kids need a little nudge of encouragement—after dinner, before bed, while preparing for visitors, etc. It’s not just for cleaning up after playtime!

Since you’re probably familiar with the song, it might be worth learning if you know a young child who dreads cleaning up their toys. (You can listen to it on the Barney music player here!) Consider it a little trick you keep up your sleeve for times when the kids are uncooperative or moving too slowly while they clean up. Singing the song together will help them move a little faster, make it a little more fun, and encourage everyone to do their share!



If the “Clean Up” song is not enough, or if your kids need a quick lesson in doing their share to help out, you might consider watching Barney’s “Clean Up, Clean Up!” DVD together.

Barney: “I Love You” Never Gets Old

What’s not to love about the over-sized, oversensitive, lovable, cuddly purple dinosaur? I remember when Barney first came onto the screen, singing his famous, “I love you, you love me, we’re a happy family!” song.  Every time I listen to it, it still makes me smile. No wonder this show is still on PBS and has been running strong since 1992.  Although Barney has been criticized in the past, Yale researchers Dorothy and Jerome Singer have discovered that the shows contain a great deal of age-appropriate material, and have called the program a “model of what preschool television should be.”

In every show, Barney starts out as a stuffed toy, but then comes to life. He teaches kids important lessons about manners, counting, numbers, letters, and imagination.  Barney’s friends often visit the show and tell stories to the children or take them on adventures.  Other friends that appear on the show include B.J. and Baby Bop.  Baby Bop constantly loses her blankie, but Barney always helps her find it.  Barney also has a bag of goodies in every episode, which is known as the Barney Bag.

In every episode, Barney loves and wants everyone to have a good time.  If you are craving even more Barney interaction, click here for a fun website where you can play some pretty spectacular games.  If your child is into Barney, be sure to check out our selection of Barney toys. We have plush dolls, DVDs, party supplies, and more.  In the words of Barney himself, “What a super-deeeee-duper idea!”

Get ready for Earth Day 2008!

Earth Day falls on April 22nd this year, and that means you have just enough time to really prepare. And if you have kids, this should be your very favorite holiday. I mean, it has everything to recommend it:

  • You are not required to purchase gifts,
  • It’s all about helping the environment,
  • It affords parents a great opportunity to explain why you need to turn out the lights in the room behind you when you’re done, please, for the love of all that’s holy, Mommy does not want to give her entire paycheck to the power company because you can’t be bothered.

(Okay, maybe that last one is just me….)

Of course, should you wish to gain favor amongst the kiddos in honor of this auspicious occasion, be sure to check out the Earth Day t-shirts and other specials at Ty’s Toy Box; shirt designs include options such as the one shown above, where Bob the Builder asks “Can we go green? Yes we can!”

Also check out the abundance of sites online for ideas, fun and games for you and the kids to share this Earth Day. Start with the’s kids’ page, which is a portal to lots of other great sites—our favorites are Energy Hog the EPA’s Environmental Kids Club. Take a look over at Kaboose’s Earth Day site for links to more great activities and ways to get into the Earth Day spirit, too.

However you choose to celebrate, remember that even when it’s not easy, the way has already been blazed for us.

(Yes, we should all learn from Kermit.) (Maybe not, but do you ever tire of that video? I don’t.)

And if that wasn’t good enough, Cyber Monday’s up next

Wondering what Cyber Monday will hold here at Ty’s Toy Box? Wonder no more, as there’ll be a whole new crop of specials for one day only on Monday, November 26th, 2007.

Did you know that Cyber Monday began as a marketing campaign, and was—initially, anyway—a hoax? There was no evidence to suggest that people did any more online shopping the Monday after Thanksgiving than at any other time. But it has since become the very definition of a self-fulfilling prophecy, and now e-tailers everywhere gear up for a flurry of fingers shop-shop-shopping on this famous Monday.

Ready for a sneak peak at Monday’s deals? Read on to find out how planning ahead can score you some big bargain’s during Ty’s Cyber Monday Sale: Continue reading