Meet the Forever Clover gang – swap cards for girls

March through to September is football season. It’s also footy card season in our house. Have you noticed how so many boys’ toys are geared toward collecting? It often begins with that first Thomas the Tank engine – I quickly discovered that Thomas has lots of friends! In contrast, girls’ toys aren’t marketed as series or sets in the same way. Which made me wonder, are girls collectors? You bet!

Our newsagent has strategically placed the very sweet Forever Clover collectible swap cards right next to the footy cards and they’re in demand. So meet the Forever Clover gang – six girls who are the best of friends, Maddie, Emma, Abbey, Matilda, Kate and Olivia. The swap cards show the girls playing sport, listening to music, caring for their pets, riding bikes, sharing birthday parties and having fun together at their secret meeting place, an old quarry.

There’s lots that’s appealing about Forever Clover, starting with the pretty cards themselves – think pastel-coloured polka dots and cute bunny rabbits. The key theme of the Forever Clover range is friendship. Friendship is celebrated and simple quotes on friendship feature on many of the cards, such as ‘Sharing wishes with friends’ and ‘Friends are forever’. The girls also represent a good range of personality types from tomboy Matilda who likes horse riding and doesn’t like wearing dresses to ballet-mad, arts and crafts-loving Emma.

The cards themselves are of the highest quality – they’re sturdy, well designed and a smooth varnish gives the ‘common’ cards (falling back on my footy card jargon here) a luxe feel. There are also cards with embossed elements – a glistening puddle of water or a shiny necklace, and finally there are the three ‘rare’ cards – a set of glitter-encrusted cards that when laid out together, form a picture of all the Forever Clover friends.

I think the Forever Clover concept is sweet and refreshing. I’ll spare you my rant about stuff aimed at little girls that is not remotely age-appropriate because Forever Clover neatly sidesteps that. Instead, they promote healthy peer relationships and age appropriate interests  – hurrah!

Cards come in packs of six for $4.95 and there are also albums and tins for storing your collection. Forever Clover is available online or at selected stockists. Got a little collector on your hands? She may also like these Daisy Lane swap cards from Lark.

Katrina Whelen

Katrina studied planning and design, did the hard yards working in a big office building and then traded it all in for a relaxing (!) life at home with four children. She now fills her time with writing, completing a degree in genetics and taxiing her children around Melbourne to their various sporting commitments (not necessarily in that order).

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