My friend Cayla – taking pretend play to a whole new dimension

I had seen Cayla when I visited the Vivid Toy Group stand at the Toy Fair in London and I knew that she would be one of the top toys this year.

Jadyn is 9 and is between wanting make up and yet not ready to give up her dolls. Like most – well all I think – she is caught up in the digital phenomenon and loves the iPad and all the other gadgets.

Cayla is ideal because she is a combination of both – technology and dolls.

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I was lucky to be invited to an exclusive event where I got to see Cayla in action and meet her creator Bob DelPrincipe and the Brand Manager of Vivid, Catherine Scott.  If I was a little girl, it would definitely be on my list for Santa. Only thing is Christmas is too long a time to wait to play with it!

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So, who is Cayla?

My Friend Cayla

Cayla is an interactive doll that will enable children to gain controlled access to the internet. She is a doll that a child can chat with. What’s wrong with chatting with family or friends or siblings, I hear you ask? Well, all children speak to their toys. Didn’t you? But now, you have a doll that actually speaks back to you is got to be magical.

Cayla lifestyle

Cayla takes pretend play to a whole new dimension, in my opinion. She can help with homework, read stories and hold a conversation. And the best part of it all – at the end of the day – she looks like any other doll. Not a gadget that is rectangular but a doll.

As a doll she is lovely, with pretty blonde hair that can be brushed and trendy clothes. As an interactive playmate – she is fabulous.

Cayla can also be played with via a downloadable app on IOS and Android devices.

Here are a few facts about Cayla –

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• Cayla is the first interactive doll to ‘live’ through an app so she can be just like a girl’s best friend.
• She’s an 18” doll with traditional hair, dress-up and role play but she also does so much more.
• When synced to an online Smart device Cayla can recognise speech so the child can have real conversations with her. With the help of Google’s speech-to-text technology, rather than using pre-defined phrases, the girl can talk to Cayla freely.
• They can talk about their likes and dislikes, hobbies, and Cayla can even answer questions about maths, general knowledge and the weather!
• There are four levels of online safety in place which makes My Friend Cayla much safer than simply handing a smart device to a child.
• Cayla can also do lots without an internet connection. She can tell stories from her database, play games, talk about her scrapbook and answer general knowledge questions4.
• RRP £59.99
• Available from July 2014

If I were you, I would go right out and purchase one as I am sure that they will be sold out pretty soon and you don’t want to be disappointed.

Forget about my little girl – I can’t wait to have a play!

Disclaimer: I was under no obligation to write this post. I just think that Cayla is such a ‘brilliant’ doll and wanted to give you the scoop as my readers.

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