|Barney & Friends|
|Season 1, Episode 13|
|Air date||April 22, 1992|
|Written by||Mark S. Bernthal|
|Directed by||Jim Rowely|
Happy Birthday, Barney!
Our Earth, Our Home
When Barney arrives to play with his friends, Derek plays "alphabet fun" by spelling a "mystery word" one letter at a time. The group plays games and sings songs related to each letter of the mystery word. Rhyming words, making alphabet soup, walking through the alphabet, and seeing how many letters they can make with their bodies all give the children many chances to play with letters and words. Children learn that having fun with letters and words and learning the alphabet are the first steps to reading.
Educational Theme: The Alphabet and the First Steps to Reading
- Barney Theme Song
- The Other Day I Met a Bear
- The Ants Go Marching
- I've Been Working on the Railroad
- The N Game
- Do Your Ears Hang Low
- Alphabet Soup
- Yankee Doodle
- Alphabet Song
- I Love You
- Barney (Body: David Joyner, Voice: Bob West)
- Baby Bop (Body: Jenny Dempsey, Voice: Julie Johnson)
- Derek (Rickey Carter)
- Tina (Jessica Zucha)
- Min (Pia Manalo)
- Kathy (Lauren King)
- "The Ants Go Marching" is shortened to 6 lines (instead of 10 lines). In addition, "Do Your Ears Hang Low", "Yankee Doodle," and the "Alphabet Song" are all cut from the Israeli version of the episode.
- Hachaverim Shel Barney adapted this episode in many ways to fit the Hebrew Aleph Bet. For example, as Barney's name in Hebrew is only four letters (Bet, Resh, Nun, Yod (ברני)), the mystery word is instead Barney-le (which is six letters in Hebrew letters).
- In the Hebrew version, Baby Bop wasn't in the Hebrew Alef Bet.
- This group (Min, Kathy, Derek, and Tina) also appeared in Grandparents Are Grand! (1993).
- In The Treasure of Rainbow Beard, Kathy says she knew what rhyme means. Yet in Alphabet Soup, she doesn't know what it means..
- This is the third episode to feature only one boy (Derek).
- After this episode, Baby Bop took a long break, but returned in "Hi, Neighbor!".