Is this the first singing Welsh baby toy?


Bangor Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Ruby Molyneux

AN An­gle­sey cou­ple have cre­ated a toy that sings in Welsh which is be­ing shipped across the world.

Awena and Baron Walk­den be­lieve they have de­signed and cre­ated the “world’s first Welsh singing toy” af­ter the birth of their daugh­ter Cari Mon.

When Cari Mon, now two, was born, the cou­ple couldn’t find any toys that could sing in Welsh so they de­cided to make one them­selves.

Awena said: “When I was on ma­ter­nity leave, I re­alised there was a real lack of Welsh prod­ucts on the mar­ket and, af­ter Cari was born, we felt it was a shame she didn’t have any­thing in her own lan­guage.

“When we came up with the idea there was a lot of in­ter­est from fam­ily and friends.”

The cou­ple, who live in Llangefni, started their own com­pany, Si-lwli Cymru, and cre­ated a colour­ful, singing star called Y Seren Swynol which sings Welsh nurs­ery rhymes.

Y Seren Swynol took two years to de­velop and the cou­ple pre­ordered 1,000 to sell.

The star fea­tures five nurs­ery rhymes from Cwm Rhyd Y Rho- syn by Dafydd Iwan and Ed­ward and is aimed at 0-3 year olds.

Awena, 32, said: “It has been a mas­sive risk for us. It is some­thing we have be­come pas­sion­ate about and the Welsh lan­guage needs some­thing like this.

“We or­dered 1,000 stars be­cause we weren’t sure how many we would need but now we only have 160 left. We’ve had or­ders from Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Asia and Europe.”

It has been a busy year for the cou­ple, who also wel­comed their son Mabon into the world four months ago.

Awena, who works part-time as a so­lic­i­tor, added: “Welsh chil­dren and learn­ers love it, it means par­ents can sing-a-long with their chil­dren. We are try­ing to make learn­ing the Welsh lan­guage fun.

“We feel we have hit a bit of a niche with it so we are go­ing to be do­ing an­other prod­uct. It is all go­ing to be Welsh toys be­cause we want to in­crease Welsh toys on the mar­ket.”

The com­pany will be sell­ing the star at Llan­dudno Christ­mas Fayre. The toy is on of­fer at an in­tro­duc­tory price of £19.95.

For more in­for­ma­tion visit: www.sil­wl­i­

Two-year-old Cari Mon hold­ing the singing toy

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