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[CLOSED] The Benefits of Learning through Play


Lately, I have been making a big deal of stepping away from my computer to get on the floor and PLAY with my kids. I feel as parents, we put ourselves under a tremendous amount of pressure to meet new milestones, working just to tick them off a list, often forgetting to have fun and teach through play.

I am fortunate enough to have a sister much younger than me, so I ended up spending my teen years going to mommy and me classes. After feeling rather frustrated with myself because my kids weren’t keen to sit down and learn from a book, I remembered just how much my sister learnt through play; whether it was playing at moms and tots or singing “look both ways when you cross the street” with Barney, her biggest strides were while we played.

Today, I have partnered with Barney and Friends to share the benefits of learning through play, in hopes of encouraging you to get down on the floor and play. The team were kind enough to gift us a range of Barney and Friends Floor Puzzles, and if you stick around you could enter to win a set for yourself.

Barney and Friends Floor Puzzles - By Megan Kelly

Play encourages imagination

The thing I love the most about children is their imagination. I honestly envy how my children can go on incredible adventures with not much more than their imagination. From chasing dinosaurs, racing cars, to swimming with whales and dolphins, you will be amazed by the adventures we have had on my lounge floor. I feel like we don’t nurture imaginations enough, and without it, we limit ourselves – just think about it, with a little bit of imagination and thinking outside the box, your child could grow up to be the person who discovers a cure for an untreatable disease, or maybe she’ll be the first female president, eliminate tampon tax and end the wage gap? Think that’s too big? Not too big for their imaginations!

Play improves social skills

I often feel that when I am trying to have a conversation with my kids – just for the purpose of teaching them something new – I don’t make any progress. But when we’re playing together, conversation comes easily! Play is one of the best ways to practice and improve language and social skills as children like using words to narrate the lives of their toys. I guess that kids can sense the pressure so it’s better to have fun, pull out their favourite toys and find new ways to encourage communication and problem-solving.

Play helps children focus

While it may be hard to get the boys to sit at the table and complete a puzzle, it’s easier when the puzzle is on the floor, making it more physical and fun. I have also found that floor puzzles encourage us to work together, by focusing on the end goal and having something to celebrate. What’s more is that the Barney and Friends’ range of puzzles each feature a fun activity like learning the alphabet, counting to 10 or identifying colours – it’s all about learning while having fun!Barney and Friends Floor Puzzles - By Megan Kelly

Play improves motor and cognitive development

Through play, children are challenged to use their senses and motor skills to engage with the environment that surrounds them. As an example, our Barney and Friends’ floor puzzle encourages the boys to crawl around to find new pieces and challenges their motor skills by fitting each piece into the next. Of course, this also helps develop problem-solving skills!

Play builds stronger relationships

Probably the best lesson learnt through play is understanding. Whether it is playing with me, or their friends, it’s great seeing how play develops and builds stronger relationships. After all, that’s what Barney would want!

Win with Barney and Friends

Barney and Friends have kindly collaborated with me, to give away a hamper of their Floor Puzzles. All you have to do is fill in the widget below to be entered to win.

Barney Floor Puzzles

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  • Venean
    Posted at 23:54h, 19 June

    Barney is a huge favourite in our home! My son would go bonkers for this!

  • Magda Tolken
    Posted at 18:06h, 19 June

    The boys love Barney and Baby Bob

  • Thea Lennox
    Posted at 17:07h, 19 June

    Barney off cause but baby Bob is also cute

    Posted at 12:15h, 18 June


  • Debbie R
    Posted at 08:33h, 15 June

    Lovely giveaway, thank you.

  • Maggie le Roux
    Posted at 00:22h, 15 June

    My grandson is a biiiiig Barney fan.

  • Sofiah
    Posted at 22:21h, 14 June


  • Brenda Fernandes
    Posted at 21:49h, 14 June

    Barney is my animal spirit lol

  • Anneke Langham
    Posted at 17:38h, 14 June

    My Daughter Megan looooves barney

  • Michelle Vermaak
    Posted at 16:41h, 14 June

    This is awesome!

  • Adeline Pillay
    Posted at 16:08h, 14 June

    My son’s favorite is Barney

  • Magda Tolken
    Posted at 16:01h, 14 June

    The boys loves Baby Bob and Barney. ❤❤

  • Robyn Kleintjes
    Posted at 14:31h, 14 June

    These puzzles are amazing. We have the Alphabet floor puzzle and My 3year old has so much fun learning and building with mommy an daddy

  • Sharleen Deacon
    Posted at 13:15h, 14 June


  • Olivia Williams
    Posted at 05:26h, 14 June

    BabyBop is my favourite, sons is Barney.

  • Charmaine Balraj
    Posted at 02:07h, 14 June

    My boys love Barney

  • Tanya van der Merwe
    Posted at 21:40h, 13 June

    My little ones love Barney!!

  • Adele
    Posted at 13:56h, 13 June

    My son loves Barney

  • Tania Brewis (@BrewisTania)
    Posted at 12:26h, 13 June

    Barney is my favourite!

  • Zakiah fyzoo
    Posted at 12:08h, 13 June

    Fingers crossed super tight for my ultimate barney and friends fan

  • Shakira khan
    Posted at 11:40h, 13 June

    Barney … I can remember when I was small I used to love Barney.

  • Janel Sunderlall
    Posted at 10:46h, 13 June

    Baby Bop & Barney?

  • Anusha Naidoo
    Posted at 10:43h, 13 June

    Barney ?

  • Faeza Basardien
    Posted at 09:15h, 13 June


  • MK
    Posted at 08:38h, 13 June

    Barney is amazing

  • Avisha Chaithram
    Posted at 08:35h, 13 June


  • Elaine van 2
    Posted at 08:20h, 13 June

    My baby girls love baby bob

  • Naina Orrie Sheikh
    Posted at 08:17h, 13 June

    wow what an amazing giveaway.

  • Ronnae Elliott
    Posted at 08:17h, 13 June