Toy Buzz: Celebrating International Friendship Day with My Little Pony

To mark International Friendship Day, My Little Pony is celebrating the launch of the new My Little Pony Cutie Mark Crew Collectible range.

The range includes the Cutie Mark Crew Confetti Blind Packs  – each confetti blind pack includes an adorable approximately 4-cm pony, seapony, or Equestria Girls figure, themed accessory, collector card, and cute storage case. What is not to love?!

My Little Pony has always been such a delightful toy for children. Today they celebrate friendship with each pony friends sharing important lessons about friendship, love, honesty, and loyalty, mixed in with happiness and laughter. Each pony represents an element of harmony that helps spread these friendship values.

Pinkie Pie – laughter

Fluttershy – kindness

Applejack – honesty

Rainbow – loyalty

Rarity – generosity

Twilight Sparkle –  the magic of friendship

Parent Review

These little sets are the perfect little surprise for your child. I love the fact that the toy is hidden which makes it even more exciting to open together! Also not to worry if you get a duplicate – twins are a real hit in our house!”- Mother

Teacher Review

These adorable mini sets are high quality and durable miniatures that will provide endless chance for imaginary and role-playing games for kids. They provide the perfect opportunity for children to make up their own story lines as they play together. I really think that these little toys can spark some really wonderful conversations if you look at what friendship value each one represents, values such as loyalty and generosity are so important to talk about with your child and My Little Pony has made this really fun and easy for parents and teachers alike.” – Emma Reid

Kid Review

“I like to be her in the game and she is nice, the pony is nice and I like that she can put on her glasses and take them off. Her eyes are so pretty and she is so beautiful.”– Rachel, age 5

Childhood development skills

Make-believe, role-playing, creativity, imagination and dealing with the element of surprise.

Extension Tips

My Little Pony characters are so versatile. They provide a child with endless opportunities to create their own imaginary games.

Encourage your child to play games linked to the values of each pony- friendship, loyalty etc. This can be a great way to chat about these important life values.

Have fun encouraging your child to make them their own miniature houses. These can be crated out of recyclable materials or other toys your child already owns.

Allow your child to set up make-believe games centered around the theme of friendship such as a sleep-over, a birthday party or a camping trip etc.

Invite a friend over for a play date and get them to bring their own Cutie Mark Crew characters along!

Toy Buzz

Brand: My Little Pony

Variations and extras: There are 24 mystery figures to collect in this series. Each come in a confetti-filled, balloon-shaped package for a fun unboxing experience. Collecting more Cutie Mark Crew blind bags means more stories to create. Get the party started by pulling the strings on the balloons and shaking out the colourful confetti to reveal the mystery pony, seapony, or Equestria Girls characters hidden inside.

Recommended age: 4- 11 years.

Perfect choice for: Those that love pretend play, make-believe and character collections.

Price: A reasonable +-R45-00 to R69.99

Stockists: Toys R Us and Toy Kingdom stores.

Further info: Join the conversation using the hashtags below.

This Friendship Day plan some fun activities with the original besties, My Little Pony style, and share your #MLPFriendshipDay moments by tagging @MyLittlePonySouthAfrica on Facebook.

The Mane 6 have a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Pinkie Pie is always eager to make her friends smile.   Baking together is a fun way to bring out the smiles, especially when you are making rainbow cupcakes, with lots of sparkles. Bake some extra cupcakes and drop them off at your local old age home, it will certainly brighten up the residents day.
  • Kind-hearted Fluttershy loves all animals – why not take inspiration from this and make a playdate at an animal shelter. Spend the morning showing some bestie love to the animals waiting on their forever homes.
  • Twilight Sparkle is a studious learner and lover of books. Share the magic of reading and snuggle on the couch with a favourite book and your bestie for a marathon reading session (don’t forget to use the character voices).
  • Rarity has a generous nature and a heart of gold – why not host a fun tea party and invite your neighbours to join you.

 

Emma Reid
Emma Reid

Emma is a mom of three (8, 4 and 2 months). She is an educationalist and holds a Bachelor Degree in English, Media & Writing and Film. She is also a qualified Primary School Teacher. She has a keen interest in curriculum and content development especially for child related fields. Currently she spends her days as lead creative and Cape Town City Director for Adventure Clubs. In this role she plans and creates unique experiences for families with young children. With many years of teaching children, and advising parents, she is passionate about childhood development and education - of kids and parents. Her hobbies include photography, reading, travel and spending time in the outdoors with her family and relaxing either in or near the surf!

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