With Christmas almost here (two weeks away, YIKES!) Zhu Zhu Pets is a toy that almost every parent is searching for this year. When I was young, it was the Cabbage Patch Kids! What is the big deal about Zhu Zhu Pets? All they are are little critters (hamsters) that are run by batteries (that die quickly mind you all). They come in different colors and have different names and so on. You can also buy a habitrail, car, bed, skateboard, excercise ball and more for them! How neat, right?
I had the opportunity, during the summertime, to try out these little guys, before they hit the shelves. We received a whole bunch of them, to have a party! I invited all the little children I could find (my nieces and nephews, friends that had little kids…) and I pulled these critters out and they were EVERYWHERE! My home was consumed with Zhu Zhu Pets Galore!!!
I set up the habitrail and all the goodies so the kids could enjoy them as much as possible. An hour went by, and the children were now interested in other things, like eachother and the t.v. (where Wow Wow Wubbzy was playing). The Zhu Zhu Pets were slowly being forgotten about after an hour of play. Some were silent, others were lying on their sides in some dark corner of my home still trying to move, and one just did not want to work anymore (battery issues). The habitrail was pulled apart and the accessories were now in different places of my once clean home.
I let each child bring home the Zhu Zhu Pet that they were playing with during this party. It was certainly a fun time for the kids despite the fact that the Zhu Zhu Pets were only played with for an hour. My son and daughter’s pets are now under a pile of toys somewhere in the toy room and the other pieces are missing too.
My take on these little critters? They are fun for a little while, but after that, they are no longer that impressive for me or my children. Like with any toy, they loose their “luster” eventually. I am so happy that I had the chance to try them out, so that I would not be part of the mad rush to grab one this holiday season. I really was not impressed with them, but hey, they are just a toy! I also want to say, if you can’t find one for your child this holiday season, don’t be bummed!!! I promise in a few days, if you did buy it for them, they would probably forget about them anyways, mine have. Whatever you decide, I hope this post helped someone! Merry Christmas 🙂
Oh, and for those of you that heard about the Zhu Zhu Pets not being safe? The company emailed me directly and told me that is not true, if that is any consulation 😉