Every year there seem to be a few toys that are the hottest toys of the year. The ones kids are obsessed with. They beg and bargain for them. Willing to do anything to have just one. These toys always make it to the top of their holiday wish lists. Parents, 2016 is all about the Hatchimals toys.
You might be wondering, what are Hatchimals toys? Why do my kids want these toys so badly? How can I buy one when they are already sold out almost everywhere? What if I am not able to find one before the holidays?
For kids who love to collect those little toys hidden in foil bags or blind bags, and enjoy the thrill of not knowing who or what is hidden inside, then it is no wonder they are begging for Hatchimals.
Hatchimals are little robotic animals known as Pengualas or Draggles, that are hidden inside large eggs. Once the egg is removed from the box, kids have to care for their toy by tapping, rubbing and tilting their egg. The eye color of the toy will change, inside the egg.
Depending upon the eye color, the toy can be hungry, scared, cuddly, annoyed/upset, need to burp, have the hiccups, be sick, have a cold, want to be autonomous, or can simply be tired. Each feeling requires the child complete an action, like tapping the egg, tilting it in the air or holding the bottom of it. After doing this for some time, the eyes will change to rainbow color. This means their toy is ready to hatch, or peck its way out of the egg. Eventually toy will peck enough of the egg that the top of the egg will be able to be removed. The new toy will be revealed inside. Be patient. It can take 25-30 minutes for the toy to hatch.
The Hatchimal responds to touch, but there is no need to worry, it will not hatch when the child is not around.
There are different kinds of Hatchimals. While children may be able to chose between a Penguala or a Draggle, there is no way to know which color toy they have received until it hatches from the egg.
The fun does not stop when the Hatchimal hatches. Kids still play with their toy and teach it different actions. The Hatchimal will grow up, from a baby to a toddler and eventually to a kid. Kids wills know when their Hatchimal grows into a new stage as it will sing the Hatchy Birthday song and dance. Once the toy grows up to be a kid, it can be reset to being a baby again, but it can never re-hatch from the egg.
Once out of the egg, the Hatchimal can do different actions, like make eating noises, say I love you, burp, enjoy being tickled, sneeze and cough. Children will find themselves petting the head, pressing its belly, or tilting it in the air.
There is a cheat sheet, or colour dictionary, that helps kids understand what the eye colors mean and which actions they will need to do. The toy is recommended for kids ages 5 and up, and there are many commands. Some children will need help reading the instructions to learn about all of the actions. Parents of young children will want to make sure all the pieces of the egg are thrown away after the hatching as they could pose as a choking hazard to a really young child.
For more information, there are many kid-friendly YouTube videos from Hatchimals that describe the hatching process, as well as how to teach their Hatchimals how to play games and which commands and actions the toy can complete in different stages.
Hatchimals are very popular and they will be hard to find holiday toys. It will take time, patience and maybe even spending a little more money than what it retails for in a store, but there are some ways to find these popular toys.
Cheers to finding a Hatchimals toy, so your child can have a Happy Hatchy Birthday!
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