One of the latest crazes sweeping the globe is Hatchimals. Doesn’t the word itself conjure images of something cute, fuzzy and absolutely adorable? These are exactly what they are – little robot toys that actually hatch out of an egg (a plastic one that is). To actually grow your own toy through various stages (egg, hatchling, baby, toddler, and kid) is an awesome feeling. And to add to the excitement, one does not know what to expect as there is no indication which toy will be inside the egg. The child (and I am assuming child here) has to rub, tap and pat the egg for the action to begin. So how exactly does a Hatchimal open? Let’s find out, shall we?
How to Open a Hatchimal
The mystery toy comes safely ensconced in a fairly large plastic egg, about a third larger if it is a Hatchimal Surprise (that has two toys in it). In order to get the toy, the egg has to be lovingly rubbed and patted. The animal inside will react to all the loving and giving by gurgling, squealing and squawks and lights up. But beware, if your attention should flag, the egg can sense it and the hatching process will slow down. At this stage, you will need to see rainbow colored lights to show that the hatching process is complete. Any other color means you will have to take further care of the egg. These colors are the colors of the eyes of the Hatchimal that you can see once the hatching is complete. If the lights flash red, for example, it means the egg is annoyed or upset and the egg will have to be rubbed at the bottom. Here is a guide on what to do when the lights change color.
Once all is well and you have rubbed the egg to its satisfaction, the shell will slowly crack open and out comes the baby Hatchimal, a little bundle of fuzz and big goggle eyes! The hatching process will take anywhere from 7 minutes to 20 minutes, depending on how well you take care of the egg. From here on, you will have to nurture and grow the Hatchimal to the next stage to toddler and then kid. With each new stage, the things it can do increase ad there are small physical changes. However, remember that all growth comes to a stop if you don’t spend time with the little one!
The Hatchimal is quite amazing, it will repeat anything you say, allowing you to teach it to talk. You can also teach your Hatchimals to dance, walk, spin, make silly sounds and respond to questions with a yes or no. Without doubt the Hatchimals can keep one busy and engaged for hours and hours, making it one of the most popular toys in the world today.