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Hatching toys have increased in popularity over the last several years and there are now many varieties to choose from including those from well loved brands such as Hatchimals and Rainbocorns.
There are different styles of hatching toy with some simply having a lid that can be taken off, others needing to be cracked open by hand and some needing to be submerged in water in order to hatch. They are appealing to kids for a number of reasons including the fun of having to watch over an egg and wait for the pet to be revealed, the surprise of not knowing what is inside, and with collectable versions, the excitement of trying to get a new toy to add to their assortment.
With so many to choose from, it’s sometimes difficult to know which ones to get but we have searched online to find the most popular and most interesting hatching toys and put them together in this this list to help give you plenty of ideas. For more toy inspiration and ideas, take a look at our lists of the best toy playsets for toddlers and kids and the best construction toys for kids.
Kidadl's Top Pick
We think children of all ages will love any of the items included in this list but we have chosen this one as our top pick as as well as being merchandise from the fantastic 'How To Train Your Dragon' films which many families love, it is a great size and it has loads of interactive features which keep it entertaining long after Toothless is revealed.
1. DreamWorks Interactive Hatching Toothless Dragon Egg
With this toy, kids get to hatch and train their own Toothless dragon and bring it to life like it’s a moving, light up pet. Baby Toothless hides away in the shell and your child must agitate him in order for him to pop out. His light up eyes can be seen through the shell and if your child rocks the egg, he will be begin to growl. Tap on the egg and listen, and Toothless will tap back and he will also respond when he hears clapping. Once free, Toothless can be taught how to fly and use his plasma blast. By pressing his belly, his mouth will illuminate and he can be fed his fish when he is hungry. That's not all though, as he comes with built in interactive games such as asking him questions to hear a response, passing him around to avoid his plasma blast and much, much more.
- Price: £45
- Age: 3+
- Requires 2 x AA batteries (not included)
- 1 year manufacturer's guarantee
- Comes with instruction guide
Best For Families On A Budget
2. Treasure X Aliens Mini Eggs
These alien mini eggs certainly have the fun factor and are perfect for any children that like oozy, messy slime. To make the alien hatch, your child must squeeze the egg to break the hard outer shell and then search through the slime, which may get messy, to find their new alien pet. The alien can then suck up the ooze with their mouth and be squished and squeezed to see it pour back out from inside them.
- Price: £5
- Age: 5+
- 12 aliens to collect (one supplied)
- Each egg is approximately 12cm in height
Best For Space Themed Toys
3. Playmobil Space Agent With Robot Gift Egg
This gift egg from Playmobil opens to reveal not an animal or creature, but a cute Playmobil space agent in a bright futuristic uniform and a cool poseable robot figure. It would make an ideal gift for any child with an interest in space exploration and will give them hours of fun imagining exploring the surfaces of different planets. The head of the figure can rotate 180° meaning kids may choose whether the figure wears the protective goggles or visor ring and the arms move up and down as well. The robot has suction feet and its legs, shoulders, hips and head have moveable joints.
- Price: £8.92
- Age: 4+
- Many more varieties of Playmobil gift egg available
- The egg can be used for storage or as a money box after opening
- Includes 1 Playmobil person and 1 robot toy
Best For Unicorn Fans
4. Grow A Unicorn! Hatch Heroes Egg
Children can grow their own mythical pet with this egg which needs to be submerged in water in order for it to hatch. The shell begins to crack open within 12-24 hours and the magical creature inside grows to full size after a further few days. It’s only small but as the process takes several days, it will keep any child captivated nonetheless.
- Price: £4.99
- Age: 3+
- Submerge in water to watch hatch
- Shell breaks within 12-24 hours
- 3 different styles to collect
Best For Hatchimals Toys Collectors
5. Hatchimal CollEGGtibles Cosmic Candy Multipack
When Hatchimals were first released they saw unprecedented demand and are still a toy that children absolutely love. This set from the popular brand includes three little eggs, two of which have a sticker that must be peeled back to reveal a symbol that hints at the creature inside before being split open and for the other, the top and bottom must be pulled apart. Inside each of the eggs there is an adorably Hatchimal creature from the Cosmic Candy collection and your child can tick off which ones they have uncovered on the handy checklist included.
- Price: £8
- Age: 5+
- Includes 4 Hatchimals and 3 eggs
- Comes with a Hatchimals checklist
- There are 50 Cosmic Candy Hatchimals to collect
Best For A Modern Take On A Classic Toy
6. Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers Purple Flyer
If you are specifically looking for Hatchimals, Argos have a good range of toys but we chose this one to include in our list as it’s a little bit different from the others and offers a new spin on a similar toy that was incredibly popular in the '90s. Inside the egg there is a Hatchimals Pixie that can really fly by being launched from their base or by being lifted into the air. There are two Hatchimals Pixies Crystal Flyers to choose from, Krystalina Rose and Violet Onyx, both with their own look and style so you can pick the Hatchimal that your child will like the most.
- Price: £35
- Age: 3+
- 1 x LiPo battery required (included)
- Comes with USB charging cable
- Each Hatchimal Pixie Crystal Flyer has an auto-stop mechanism
Best For Prehistoric Fun
7. Smashers Dino Ice Age Surprise Egg With Over 25 Surprises!
This dinosaur surprise egg is just a little bit cool with plenty inside that children will love. They must use the Arctic Scratch Map to excavate the Dino Ice Age to defrost compounds like the Growing Snow and Crystal Slime and build one of three exclusive Smash-o-saur dinosaur figures, the T-rex, Pterodactyl or a Woolly Wammoth. Each Smash-o-saur can move its head and swing their tail making them great for dino roleplaying.
- Price: £20
- Age: 3+
- Over 25 surprises inside the egg for children work through and open
- 3 characters to collect (one supplied)
Best For Learning Through Play
8. National Geographic Dinosaur Dig Kit
With this fantastic kit, children will be encouraged to find a love for paleontology and will need to use the digging tools included to undertake a dinosaur egg excavation. As there are 12 individually wrapped eggs included in the kit, it is great for kids to do with friends or family and by carefully using the tools to hatch each egg, they will uncover different species and be able to use the learning guide to identify them. Once all of the dinos are hatched, they'll be able to play with or display them.
- Price: £27.99
- Age: 8+
- Comes with a detailed dinosaur learning guide
- Promotes STEM learning
- Set of 12 dinosaur eggs
Best For Christmas Gifts
9. 12 Hatchimals Of Christmas Surprise Gift Set
Another great gift for any Hatchimals fan, this bumper Christmas set contains 12 festive themed little Hatchimal characters including Kittycan holding a snowman, Puppit poking out of a gift box and Ponette decorating a Christmas tree, that your child will be able to add to their toy collection. Your child will need to hatch, peel and reveal the eggs to uncover the new toy inside each one and once the creatures are out, the eggs can be used to display them.
- Price: £31.95
- Age: 5+
- Includes 12 Hatchimal toys with Christmas detailing
- Information about each character included on the lid
Best For Elf On The Shelf Fans
10.Nurchums Christmas Elf Hatch and Grow Hatching Egg
It’s not too long to go now until 25 December and if you are looking for little festive gifts, this hatching elf egg may be perfect. It needs to be placed in water for a few days to reveal the elf inside but once hatched, it could even be used in a similar way to your Elf On The Shelf for some lighthearted fun.
- Price: £9.92
- Age: 3+
- Egg hatches within a few days
- The character continues to grow for up to 14 days and shrinks back down when removed from the water
- Introduces children to patience and responsibility
Kidadl Best Buys selects the top parent-recommended products across the web for families of all ages. If you liked our suggestions for top hatching toys, why not have a look at our list of the best fairy toys that are really magical, or for something different take a look at the best fidget toys to help kids focus.
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