Best Interactive Electronic Pets For Kids 2020
Interactive electronic pets for kids have been amongst the most wanted toys at Christmas and birthdays for several years now, and they get better all the time.
On the practical side, for kids who are pressing parents for a real pet of their own, electronic pets make no mess, won’t need real feeding, don’t have to be taken for ‘walkies’ whatever the weather, and won’t strain your wallet with vets bills. You can even switch them off at the end of the day.
Some look adorable and very realistic, have fur, feel soft and cuddly and are just right for hugs and stroking. Others can be more robotic in design, have more of an adaptive personality that evolves with use, and provide a lot more interactivity.
The point is that these toys are a lot of fun, and kids can learn a lot from them as well. Not just from learning which sounds and gestures will make their pet react a certain way. They learn to bond with their pet, and care for it. They can also develop a sense of companionship and responsibility. All this can contribute to their emotional growth and their ability to relate to others.
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Owleez Interactive Pets for Kids
Owleez, the baby owl from Spinmaster, is an interactive flying toy. Kids can choose between a pink or a snowy owl.
Out of the box you get a baby owl, its nest with charging lead, and full instructions. Kids will love nurturing her, petting her, and teaching her how to fly. She will show her emotions by changing eye color (nine different colors) and making cute sounds.
She's made of lightweight, durable materials and can survive crashes until she can fly properly.
Until then, feed her berries and charge her up in her nest.
When she's airborne using her helicopter wings you can steer her with your hand.
- Charging Nest
- Over 100 sounds and movements
- Use USB cable to recharge
- 4 to 5 flights per charge
- Quick Start & Instruction Guides
Recommended age range: 6 to 8 years.
Zoomer Hungry Bunnies - Shreddy and Chewy
Meet Chewy and Shreddy - fluffy-eared interactive robotic rabbits from Zoomer. These cute bunnies like to eat and you’ll need to feed them lots of treats to satisfy their hunger.
You’ll know when these hungry bunnies want something to eat - their tummy growls. Feed them a paper treat by holding one to your bunny’s mouth and they’ll munch and nibble away.
If you don’t feed them enough, they’ll whine until you do, and then they’ll make a satisfied groaning sound.
What goes in must come out, and hungry bunnies do leave magical poop behind after they’re full!
Paper treats include carrots, ice cream and popsicles, and when you’ve used up all that are supplied, you can draw and color some more with the treat tracer (stencil/templates). You can store all their food in the picnic basket.
After they’ve eaten Chewy and Shreddy like to play. They have a Tickle Game and a Music Game. Press their nose, forehead or tummy to get different reactions.
Each Hungry Bunny comes with 4 snack sheets, a treat tracer to create more paper treats, snack basket and an instruction booklet.
3 x AA batteries are needed which are not supplied
For ages 5 and up.
Crate Creatures - Pudge, Sizzle, Snort Hog & Blizz
Crate Creatures emerged last year and are still popular with kids. Their grossness makes them kinda cute in a weird way.
They arrive in their own 'creature crate' and you use the included crowbar to break open the lock to let them out. Each crate monster has motion sensors which enable them to react differently when standing, lying down or when knocked over or held upside down.
Pulling a crate creature's tongue can cause it to vibrate, emit some funny sounds and for it's eyes to glow. They have nearly four dozen unique beastly sounds depending on motion and handling. These include grunts, laughs..... and farts!
One natty feature is that when you talk to them they'll say back what you've just said, but in a creature voice.
The crate they come should be kept for use in play, and as the beasts descriptions are printed on the sides.
Cute, funny, gross, entertaining - they're all of those, and they're collectible too.
3 x AA batteries are included. Crate Creatures are for kids 4 to 12 years.
Hatchibabies Ponette - boy & girl
Hatchibabies Chipadee - boy & girl
Hatchibabies are the latest interactive hatching egg characters to emerge from Hatchtopia. Will you hatch a girl or a boy?
Once they’re hatched you’ll find 4 accessories in their shell - hairbrush, bottle, rattle and a cuddle buddy.
These interactive cuties have big color-changing eyes, moving beaks, rainbow colored manes, and make rocking motions. You’ll unlock more reactions from them, the more they are played with.
2 x AA batteries are included, together with an official Hatchibirth certificate, an instruction book and cheat sheet, as well as the four accessories.
CHiP Robot Dog
The WowWee CHiP Interactive Robot Pet Dog has all the adorable qualities that you would expect from a real puppy, but without all the mess and hassle. CHiP moves around on wheels with a great deal of speed and agility. It's multi-directional too, and will follow you around and play with his ball.
CHiP is equipped with an adaptive personality which means that, over time it's character will change and become unique to each owner.
Suitable for children 8 to 15 years, I can see this being played with by younger children but under supervision.
Read more details on this site about - CHiP Robot Dog
Meowzies Kittens by Zoomer
Don’t you just love toys that keep kids occupied for hours! Meowzies do just that. These interactive kitties with fluffy tails, love to play and interact with their owners and with other Meowzies.
They're a colorful, cute, collection of play loving and cuddly interactive kittens that kids love. They're loaded with games that are easy to play, and provide a lot of fun.
Meowzies are ready to use out the box. There is no assembly required but you do need to fit three AAA batteries. This should be done by an adult. All that is required is to unscrew the battery flap on the Meowzy’s tummy, fit the the cells in the correct orientation, and screw the battery flap back in position, then Kitty is ready to play.
Batteries are not supplied with the toy, so if buying this as a present, be sure to include a battery pack or two when you gift wrap.
Zoomer Meowzies have been out a few years but they are still nice toys. There has been a little comment about the toys being kid-powered and not having motorized movement. Personally I don’t think this is an issue. Meowzies are interactive which is where the play value is, and they are for younger children.
The recommended age range is five years and upwards, but I can see these appealing to children a bit younger too.
You can see the full range of Meowzies HERE!
Zoomer Playful Pups from Spinmaster
Playful Pup by Zoomer is a recent release from Spinmaster that behaves just like a real puppy. It interacts through voice commands and multiple touch sensors, and can be taught more than 25 tricks.
With voice recognition technology, this pup can be given a name which it’ll recognize and respond to. Neat! Then you can teach it lots of tricks. It'll walk, pounce and play, make doggy sounds, shake a paw and roll over. Just like a real dog, if you stop showing it attention, it'll whimper.
This delighful pooch is recommended for kids aged 5 years and up. Playful Pup comes with a quickstart guide and instruction pack, and a USB charging cable.
Small Interactive Robot Pets
These cute interactive baby creatures from WowWee, cling to your finger and are responsive to your touch and sounds. They have become incredibly popular since the baby monkey Fingerling was launched last year.
Now you have a range of Fingerlings to choose from. Monkeys, Unicorns, Sloths, Dragons, Panda, and the Baby Monkey with a Mini BFF. There are even four Untamed T-Rex Raptor fingerlings on the prowl now!
If you give one to your kids, be prepared for them to want more. They are very collectible. Here's a list of Fingerlings names.
Or check out the entire range of Fingerlings HERE!
These interactive toys respond to touch and sound. Switch on the power button at the back of their heads and you'll hear them wake up making cute sounds and phrases. Their eyes and tail light up too. Then they're ready to play. Gleemerz have three play modes - hangout, light party and game mode.
There are 4 interactive touch points - the front and the back of the head, a button on the nose and a button in the tail. The more you interact with them, the more you'll learn of their personality.
3 x AAA batteries are required. Recommended ages 3 and upwards.
There's a big litter of Zoomer Zupps - pocket sized puppies you can fit on the palm of your hand and interact with. They are responsive to touch and always ready to play.
They are not motorized so need kid-power to move around, but they have light-up LED eyes, and make cute puppy sounds. If you have more than one they'll interact with each other as well as you. Each Zupp has a secret puppy trick for you to discover.
3 x LR44 batteries required.
For ages 4 to 6 years old.
Interactive Plush Pets
furReal Friends Ricky - The Trick Lovin' Pup
There’s a substantial range of plush interactive pets in the furReal Friends toy range. For kids who want their interactive pets to feel soft and furry, this would be their choice.
Ricky the trick loving dog is a cool pup who can perform tricks. He responds to over 100 sound and motion combinations, and is a very affectionate companion. He's one of Hasbro's latest additions to their range of interactive plush toys, and he’s rather cute. He'll give 'high fives', flip his bone, give doggie licks and will toot and poop !!! He makes happy sounds and is always ready for a hug. An engaging toy made to be played with.
He's supplied with 4 AA batteries - not all furReal Friends are - and aimed at kids 4 years and older.
Check him out or look at the entire furReal family, some of which are here below.
furReal Friends Bootsie
furReal's JJ Jumping Pug
furReal Friends Daisy
furReal's Torch My Blazin' Dragon
furReal Friends Star Lily
furReal's Flurry, My Baby Snow Leopard
All furReal Friends pets require batteries, and some are supplied with the toy, but don't forget to buy some spares. They'll get played with a lot.
Rollie The Kissing Puppy - Little Live Pets
Rollie the Kissing Puppy from Little Live Pets is an adorable, wrinkly, furry pup that any kid would love to snuggle up with. He's always pleased to see you, and will give plenty of puppy licks, tail wags and happy barking sounds.
In fact, he'll interact with his owner using more than 35 different sounds, depending on how you touch and hold him. He'll close his eyes and sleep... and snore! Stroke him and he'll wag his tail. If you leave him on his own he'll lick and yap for some attention. He's just like a real puppy.
Rollie is supplied with an adoption certificate, a collar and a dog tag, and will make any young person very happy.
He requires 4 x AAA batteries (they are included) which are located in his rear paws (2 in each) where his on/off switch is easily accessed.
Recommended ages: 5 to 15 years.
You can see all the other Little Live Pets HERE!
Interactive and electronic pets for kids make great presents - especially at this time of the year.