My 7-year-old loves dolls and couldn’t wait to open the box when we received the new My Friend Cayla Party Time doll in the mail. Unlike my daughter’s stash of other dolls at home, Cayla is an interactive doll, so we were excited to see what she could do.
After installing the batteries, the first thing we did was try out her accessories (cards, hairbrush, party hat, bear, cake, cup, and present). If you wave her accessories over the palm of her right hand, she makes comments about the objects. This was a little tricky at times, as she did not always recognize the objects easily. It is neat how she reads not only the outside, but also the inside of the cards. She also has multiple comments/responses to make about the objects.
The next thing we did was install the My Friend Cayla App!
After pairing her with Bluetooth and launching the app, you can interact with her. You can ask her questions, she can read you a story, play a game with you, and makes comments about the pictures in her photo album. She uses voice recognition. We had varying results with the app which was a little frustrating. We first installed it on my daughter’s tablet and did not have very good luck with trying to ask her questions. When I installed it on my smartphone though, it worked just fine.
She is a very interactive doll! You can also switch her language to Spanish and there is a Spanish language app. Some of the examples of questions to ask her include what’s the capital of France, what’s 26 plus 7, and what’s for dinner. I love the educational aspect of this doll!
Disclaimer: We were sent the My Friend Cayla Party Time doll in exchange for our review. All thoughts are entirely our own.