Back at the beginning of October when I was trying to figure out what to surprise my 6 year old daughter with for her birthday, I looked at some of the holiday season’s “hot toy” lists. There I saw a Hatchimal for the first time. One of the descriptions described it as a Tamagotchi that was soft and could be held. Well I loved my Tamagotchi in the 90’s so I started to try and track down a Hatchimal. I found one off Jet.com with a discount coupon and ordered it but when it still had not arrived 2 days before my daughters birthday I started to look for another one. Luckily Toys R Us had one of the Owlicorns available for in-store pickup so even though it was not discounted and I had to drive to get it I got it (for $59.99 they were on sale at Target but were all sold out).
On my daughters birthday night, she opened and was very excited! The next day after school we sat together and started hatching the Owlicorn (there is a large direction manual). Basically the more attention (tapping and rubbing of the egg) you give it the faster the Hatchimal hatches. At first my six year old as very patient sitting there patting and tapping the egg but because her hands are small the Hatchimal kept going back to sleep so I helped some. Once it started pecking out of the egg it was exciting for a while but because (like a real chick hatching) it kept getting tired and stopping/sleeping we thought something was wrong with it and removed parts of the egg oops. The good news is there is a way to set the Hatchimal to its newborn stage if you do this. If we ever get another one we will be more patient. Once the Hatchimal hatched my daughter was very excited to nurture it and follow its cues (sounds and color lights all explained in the manual) by patting, rubbing, and tapping it to take care of it and it quickly grew into a toddler. For the next two days my daughter played with it a lot. In addition to needing to be cared for it can sing, dance, talk and play games. Since the first few days though she only days with it a little and it is still in its toddler stage. She says she still really likes it but the time she spends using it is limited especially for how expensive it is. Hatchimals are probably better for older kids who can read the manual and figure out what the Hatchimal “needs” themselves instead of needing an adult to read and try and figure it out with the child like I need to with my daughter.
Does your child want or have a Hatchimal what are your thoughts?
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