Twinkle the Magic Unicorn

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Reviewed by Bobby Brower
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We like

Encourages imagination building

Great for group play and letting kids play with each other

Batteries are included

Comes with Princess Prisma who sings songs and rides on the unicorn

Moves on its own and adds to the fantasy of playing with dolls

The golden carrot allows for Twinkle to eat

We don’t like

The batteries may lose their charge quickly

Not an educational toy

How it works

For many parents, finding a toy that is educational is on the top of the list of must haves; however, not every toy can teach a child something. Sometimes, there need to be toys that are purely for entertainment value and allow your child to let their imaginations soar with fantasy, playing pretend, and daydreaming. The makers at VTech have created a fun toy called Twinkle the Magic Unicorn, and Twinkle’s main job is simply allowing your child to have fun. Twinkle lights up, moves, and flaps her wings as she carries around Princess Prisma on her back while the princess sings songs and speaks. The toy is made of a variety of colors that stimulate your child’s visual senses, and with the movement of the toy as it operates on its own, your child can be whatever whimsical character they choose as they get lost in the fantasy of a world of unicorns and princesses. Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is a great way for your child to let their imaginations soar as they create stories and scenarios to play in.

 

Design

Design

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is a hard plastic toy that has the capability to move on its own. Twinkle is a white horse that has pink and yellow hair and a purple and blue tail. She has blue wings and a horn that changes colors. Around her neck is a heart-shaped necklace and on her back are two Magic Points that allow Princess Prisma the ability to sing and speak. The Magic Points are the saddle of Twinkle where the princess sits.

When you press the heart necklace of Twinkle, she will begin to nay and move and flap her wings as she begins to walk with the princess on her back. Accompanying the unicorn is a golden carrot that when you put it up to Twinkle’s mouth, she will begin to make chewing noises as she enjoys her food, which makes her very happy.

Princess Prisma has a hollow bottom that allows for her to sit on the Magic Points and when she sits on one, she talks to Twinkle and tells her that they are best friends, and when she sits on another magic point, she sings songs to Twinkle and whoever is playing with the toy, which brings the toy to life more fully and helps your child’s imagination grow.
Imagination Play

Imagination Play

The biggest perk to playing with Twinkle is that she allows your little one to imagine whatever world they choose. Twinkle the Magic Unicorn and Princess Prisma exist in a world of fairies, princesses, and magic. With the power of imagination, your child can create the kingdom of their choosing and begin to create storylines that create a large story for them to get lost in. Because Twinkle moves on her own, the story and the imaginative play become even more real and even more alive as your child watches Twinkle move about and make noise. Imagination is enhanced even further when Princess Prisma begins to sing as she rides on her magic unicorn. Your child can take toys and other items from around the house and make courses for Twinkle to walk through, or they can simply just create whatever scenario of their choosing to help Twinkle and Princess Prisma save the day or be saved depending on where your child’s mind decides to wander. Being able to have a wild imagination allows for your child to be able to think more critically and become more creative in the decision and problem-solving process. For many people, there is only one way of thinking and one linear way of seeing the world, however, for those who are more creative and imaginative, there are several ways to see the world and several ways to solve a problem, and when a young child is able to exercise those imaginative muscles they will begin to grow and develop into a young adult who can see the world in a variety of ways that other people may not.
Visual Stimulation

Visual Stimulation

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is a visual spectacle for any young child. Twinkle is a variety of sweet pastel colors that allow your child’s eyes to light up with color. From her blue wings to her pink hooves and her multi-colored hair and her golden carrot, Twinkle is a rainbow of color that makes any young child want to play with her. When you are with your child while they are playing with Twinkle, you can sound out the colors that are on her body including the shapes that are found on her like her stars and her heart. She embodies magic and you and your child can begin to associate magic to her and what that entails. It entails some imagination and belief along with some role-playing that are the essential tools to learning.
Role Playing

Role Playing

In any game of pretend, role-playing is the most essential part. Role-playing allows children to take what they have observed in real life and apply it to the game they are playing. It is said that children are sponges and see and take in everything around them, and role-playing is the indicator as to exactly what children are seeing and exactly what children are paying attention to. Role-playing is a great way for children to express themselves in a healthy way that is imaginative and fun and Twinkle the Magic Unicorn gives kids the opportunity to role-play. Anyone can be a princess or prince or wizard or any other fantasy character of their choosing. Kids can even mix and match genres and be superheroes or just simply ordinary people as they delve into a world of magic and make-believe that will entertain them for hours on end. Many parents and grandparents have found that their little ones love playing with Twinkle the Magic Unicorn for hours and these young kids let their minds soar in and out of various scenarios and make-believe moments that help them to interact better socially and personally.
Age Range

Age Range

The manufacturers at VTech recommend Twinkle the Magic Unicorn for children ages 1 ½ -years-old to five-years-old. It is in this age range that your child will get the most benefits from the make-believe imaginative play that Twinkle provides. Children under one and a half years will not fully understand how the unicorn walks and makes sounds and how the princess rides on her back and sings songs. After five-years-old, children may become bored of Twinkle because she will not provide the higher level of entertainment that most kids will start to crave when they hit a certain age. It has been found by some parents and grandparents that children as old as nine-years-old to ten-years-old love playing with Twinkle and still playing in the fantasy world of make-believe. This is a welcome sign to some parents who want their children to stay as far away from electronics as long as they can and play with toys and use their minds in a constructive and formative way.
Batteries Included

Batteries Included

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn runs on two AAA batteries and four AA batteries. Batteries are included with the toy, however, it is recommended that you have fresh batteries on hand when purchasing the toy. Batteries that are included with the toy are for demonstration purposes only and will not have long battery life. When you purchase the toy, purchase some batteries to go along with it so that when the toy is unboxed, you can change the batteries through the battery door and then you will be able to use Twinkle the Magic Unicorn to her full potential. The six batteries provide the power needed for Twinkle to walk and move and flap her wings as your child plays with her for hours on end.
The Golden Carrot

The Golden Carrot

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn comes with a magic golden carrot that she loves to eat. Because her mouth doesn’t move and she is a toy, she doesn’t actually eat the carrot, but you can put the carrot up to her mouth and she will begin to make munching noises as if she is eating the carrot. When this happens, it adds to Twinkle’s already life-like existence, and your child will be able to fully immerse themselves in playing with their toys and creating a magical world around them. The golden carrot is also a nice addition to the playset.
The Heart Necklace

The Heart Necklace

Around Twinkle’s neck is a heart necklace that when pushed allows her to move and flap her wings. What’s great about the necklace is that it also makes her horn light up. A unicorn is not a unicorn without its horn, and not only does Twinkle have a unicorn horn, but the horn will also change colors as she lights up and starts moving around adding to the magic of this fun toy.
Safety

Safety

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is designed for children as young as one and a half-years-old, and it should be noted that some of the parts can pose a choking hazard. Princess Prisma is a small piece that can easily fit into the mouth of a small child, and although the golden carrot is too big to fit into a child’s mouth, it can hurt if thrown or tossed at or by a child. As with any toy with small parts, it is necessary for a parent to be present while a small child is playing to ensure that all safety precautions are being adhered to and the child is not in any way in the way of danger.
Price

Price

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is moderately priced for a toy of this kind that provides colorful entertainment and an outlet for the imagination. Some parents may feel the price is a bit high for a toy that only moves on its own but doesn’t provide any real educational learning, but the price seems on target for a toy that is more than just a standstill toy. You also get Princess Prisma with the set that adds to the entertainment value, so the price seems to be right on for what you get with your purchase. The toy also plays music and tries to be as life-like as possible, so shelling out a few extra dollars more is not the worst thing for a toy of this kind.

Conclusion

Twinkle the Magic Unicorn is a great toy to have in order to let your child’s imagination soar and allow them to freely play without inhibition. The toy promotes using your imagination to create stories of fairies and unicorns and you can be whatever character you choose and be in whatever world you choose. The toy also promotes group play and several children can play together in a world that they all create together. This helps children learn how to play well together, how to collaborate, and how to be social with their peers. The best method of being able to bring children together is through play that they can all enjoy. When kids create together they build trust together and they form bonds and friendships that help them be better socially when they are in school and as they grow older. Toys like Twinkle the Magic Unicorn also open up a child’s mind to being able to solve problems creatively and quickly without delay. When a child is able to open their minds and create the world around them they will be more confident and more likely to work well with others and be smarter because they will have built the skills necessary to think critically and creatively.
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