2011's Best Interactive Toy Pets for Kids
Many kids are fascinated by animals, and long desperately for a creature to call their own. But whether they are too young, a little too rough, or living conditions simply do not permit a pet, not all can own their own furry companion.
However, the beautiful thing about children is that their imaginations are powerful enough to overcome almost anything. Robotic toys, designed to interact with a child and their surroundings, can be almost as good as the real thing for a child who wants a pet but can't have one. These little toys also teach responsibility and respect for other creatures without putting an actual animal at risk, making them perfect starter pets for any child. The best part? The only thing that ever comes out the back are batteries! The following toys are the best on the market today, coming in many varieties to suit your kids' exact wishes.
FurReal GoGo My Walkin' Pup
One of the must-have toys of the 2011 Christmas season, FurReal's GoGo My Walkin' Pup is as versatile as they come. GoGo loves to go on walks, and will bark when someone enters her line of sight. Gogo realistically interacts with you when you pet her, wagging her tail, panting, and turning toward your hands.
But GoGo really shines on the sidewalk! With four sturdy wheels and a remote control at the end of her leash, she walks at a comfortable pace and is so realistic she might fool a few passerby! GoGo is the dog for a kid on the go, ready to meet the world with her master.
Mattel's Interactive Dinosaurs
Looking for something a little tougher? These rough and tumble dinosaurs will roar and chomp their way into your child's heart. Cruncher and D-Rex are the most popular models.
Cruncher moves via wheels on his belly and is very sturdy. His collar controls what 'mode' he is in. Kids can choose among modes for dancing, catching his fish toy, and following verbal commands. Although he looks a bit gruff, Cruncher is highly interactive and can even trick grown-ups into playing with him!
D-Rex is a little more sophisticated, with realistic scaly skin and an emotive face. D-Rex is a marvel of engineering- not only does he move like a T-rex, he can also learn up to thirty commands and play tug of war like a dog. D-Rex takes a while to tame, becoming more and more friendly as your child spends time with him. Eventually, he will come when your child whistles! He stands at 14" and is such an advanced piece of technology that, frankly, I sort of want him for myself.
This brand takes the cake for sheer diversity. WowWee Alive offers lions, tigers, panda bears, many types of dogs, and other species at different sizes and price points. These soft stuffed animals act and sound like real cubs in the wild, but are happiest curling up to nap with your child. Once put to sleep, they will snore for five minutes before powering down.
There are some mechanical sounds while the 'animals' change expressions, but they are durable and, for the price, they can't be beat.
If your child loves kittens, FurReal has several models of interactive cats. The most advanced is My Cuddlin' Kitty Lulu, who has multiple touch sensors, purrs, meows, and even rolls over for a belly rub! Lulu is incredibly soft, perfect for little hands to pet.
FurReal friends also sells 'Walkin' Kitties,' which move toward their owners, make realistic noises, and knead like real kittens. These seem a little prone to breaking, so buyer beware.
Zhu Zhu Pets
Finally, these ubiquitous little hamsters are cheap and make for great fun for your kids. They react to items in their cage and the environment, with something up their furry sleeves for every occasion. Kids will enjoy collecting playsets and the different Zhu Zhus- and this is one collecting fad you can afford! These little guys are best bought well in advance of Christmas, as they are wildly popular and prices soar sky high as the holiday approaches.