‘Smashlings’ bring play and music to Farnley school pupils

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Visit: Cobden Primary School pupils

By Daniel Wilkinson

The creators of UEFA’s official mascot for Euro 2024 visited a school in Farnley to teach pupils about active play and to promote music yesterday.

Giant toy and entertainment studio Toikido – who last year released their Roblox game, Pinata Smashlings – visited Cobden Primary School with a number of vibrant character costumes from the game.

The entertainment studio is attempting to support schools in getting kids active by first using the mascot, called Albart, and by visiting schools teaching KS1 and 2 music and art, in a nationwide pilot.

Mrs Deborah Taylor, the music teacher at Cobden Primary, said: “Our students were all very excited to have Toikido and the pinata smashlings visiting our school. The children had a wonderful time with the special music lessons and Pinata Party. We are all delighted to have been involved in this special day.” 

Grammy award winning producer Jason Perry, who worked intensively with the smash hit pop band McFly, is the studio’s head of music and was on hand to inspire the children to become the next generation of artists, designers, musicians, and writers.

Mr Perry, the head of music at Toikido, said: “It was a real pleasure to visit Cobden Primary School, and see the children’s excitement as they took part in our pinata smashlings themed music and art lessons as well as meet some of their favourite characters from the game.”

The creative arts studio Toikido created a beloved pinata smashlings and integrated it into 250 schools nationwide with the initiative designed in collaboration with educational expert iChild aiming to blend learning with fun through bespoke pinata smashlings lesson packs tailored for KS1 and 2 curricula. The roblox game is set in the pinataverse which is home to hundreds of playful characters. 

They provided Cobden students with a free resource pack containing three lessons supporting the music and art curriculum for KS1 and KS2, as well as extension ideas for art, design and English.

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