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Furreal Friends is the big thing this year. They’re robotic pets that act like real animals. They feel like stuffed animals – though sometimes, they’re hard underneath. There’s a horse that kids can “ride” on. Actually, it’s the head that moves – making real-looking movements – and you can “feed” it. There are cats, dogs, hamsters, and the list goes on. They range in price from about $19.99 (for the small animals) – $199.00 (for the horses). Preskool put out a Triceratops robotic toy that young kids can go on too. If you’re interested in buying a robotic stuffed animal, I’d recommend checking out the reviews of the different types of pets on Amazon and YouTube. Furreal Friends is the main brand – but some specific animals rate better than others.

Photo of Furreal Friends

Chantilly Lane Bears sing! Their mouths move while they belt out a song! These are really cute – though hearing the same song again and again can make a parent crazy! They’re less well-known than some other toys and I think there’s value in that! They come in other animals besides bears. They’re priced around $19.99.

Photo of Chantilly Lane Bear

A Webkinz is a little stuffed animal that comes with a special internet code that lets your child can interact with an online version of it. Webkinz have been around for a couple of years – but both boys and girls in elementary school still enjoy them. Their animals can get a “job” online and with the “money” they make they can improve their houses, and buy virtual food or clothes for their Webkinz. There are also games kids can play online in the Webkinz World. Webkinz normally cost between $8.00 – $15.00.

Photo of Deer Webkinz

Girls aged 4-8 like Animals in My Pocket (like “Puppy in My Pocket“) and also Littlest Pet Shop animals. My daughter and her friend can’t get enough of them! There’s also “Safari in my Pocket” that boys might like.

These are some fun gift ideas if you have a school-aged child in your life who loves animals!

Mama Lisa

UPDATE: Check out my more recent post of recommended video games for kids!

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This artilce was posted on Wednesday, December 10th, 2008 at 9:08 pm and is filed under Birthdays, Christmas, Customs and Traditions, Gift Giving, Gift Ideas for Kids, Hanukkah, Holidays Around the World, USA. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.

3 Responses to “Stuffed Animals and Robotic Animal Toys for Kids”

  1. Video Game Gift Ideas for Kids - Mama Lisa's Blog Says:

    [...] you’re interested in stuffed animal gifts and robotic animals you can click the link to see an earlier post I wrote with [...]

  2. Neverendin Says:

    I did not expect to read this today. This is a great post. Thanks!

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