Baby Thando – SA’s first Zulu-speaking doll
Looking for the perfect gift for the little girl in your life?
How about Baby Thando – the very first Zulu-speaking doll – made especially for South African girls.
With the push of a button on her belly, the doll speaks 25 phrases in English and 25 phrases in Zulu. She first says a phrase in English, which is then followed by the Zulu translation. Phrases include: “I love you/Ngiyakuthanda”, and “I’m hungry/Ngilambile”.
Brand manager for Prima toys Sphe Zikode said Baby Thando was no ordinary doll.
“She speaks Zulu and this makes her the first of her kind. That she also has an educational aspect is a huge plus for both parents and children. She is the perfect companion for children who want to learn English, a language which is not their mother tongue. Thando also provides the opportunity for children to start speaking Zulu or add to their vocabulary.
“Baby Thando is a soft-bodied doll with a perfect skin tone – something which was an extremely important factor during the design stages of the product,” said Zikode.
“We tried to ensure we created the right skin tone for Baby Thando, a tone that South African girls can identify with. This was very important.”
The Baby Love Range
There are two other dolls in Prima toys’ Baby Love range, namely Baba Tasha and Baby Bella. Baba Tasha speaks 50 phrases in Afrikaans, including “Ek is honger” and “Ek is lief vir jou”, and much more. Baby Bella is English-speaking and also features 50 phrases.
Baby Thando, Baby Bella and Baba Tasha are ideal for girls aged two and over. Each doll comes with a plate, spoon, fork, bottle and dummy for loads of fun play.
Available at good toy stores and retailers countrywide. RSP: R 699.99 Details: www.primatoys.co.za.