Today I’m lucky to have another entry from The Hubs aka @DadandMarried. The Hubs is a kid at heart and he loves doing hands-on activities with our kiddies. So when the Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs showed up in our mailbox he immediately asked me if he could be the one to review them. As my blog title says, I am the “Harried Mom” so anything to help this gal out, who am I to argue!!!
Which came first-the chicken or the egg? It’s a question that’s vexed mankind for centuries, but luckily for my five and three-year olds, they couldn’t care less – it’s all just part of the pageantry of Easter!
To me, Easter has always been a bit of an oddball holiday. It feels like a poor man’s Christmas with the Easter Bunny keeping Santa’s seat warm until the real action hits in December. My kids are still a bit young to fully understand what the day is about and how important it is to the Christian faith, but they are certainly starting to understand the part of it that involves rabbits, baskets, silly hats and, more often than not, really mediocre candy.
Luckily, my lovely & talented wife (I wonder who edited this post?!) hipped me to the fact that there is something new and fun that the kids can have for the holidays that won’t send them to the dentist a couple of months later. It doesn’t even involve getting out the white vinegar and coloring psychedelic hard-boiled eggs that no one in their right minds would ever eat.
They’re called Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs, and you can find them online at Amazon for an inexpensive $8.95. They come in a package of three pastel colored eggs which hatch into baby chicks and bunnies-but don’t worry-they aren’t real chicks and bunnies!
I warn you upfront: they take a few days to “hatch” so make sure you plan on them incubating for a couple of days before Easter. I actually used this fact to my advantage to teach the kidlets a little bit about patience!
Be careful when you take the Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs out of the package, because the shells could crack if you manhandle (or even worse, kid-handle) them too much. Of course, the first debate was who would get what color. Our son went for the green and our daughter of course went for the pink one. That left the wife and I with the odd egg out, the yellow one. Fine, I like yellow, really I do!
Next we got a mixing bowl to serve as the eggs nest while they incubated. As suggested in the directions, we filled the bowl full of room temperature water. You’ll need to hold the eggs submerged in the water until the tiny holes in the top of the shells fill up with water and they no longer float (plus the H20 triggers the alchemy which allows these tiny creatures to grow big enough to burst out of their shells. See, my college chemistry class does still come in handy).
After dutifully changing the water for a couple of days, we saw cracks in the shells and pieces breaking off. We could even see the little critters trying to get out! Well, again, they aren’t really alive, but you get the idea. Our daughter got very excited as she saw this happening one morning, and we promised her the animals’ big debuts would occur that evening (note: after a couple of days you can crack these open if you or your little ones get impatient).
When it was time for the critters big coming out, the kids got very excited. “I can see a bunny!” my daughter exclaimed, and indeed, a little white bunny popped out of the shell. We took all three of the animals from their eggs after about 2 ½ days, they had hatched about as much as could be expected, about halfway out of their shells. Mommy rinsed them off as the kidlets took them out of their remaining shells –there is a bit of a gelatinous coating on them which you will want to remove before your little ones handle them — it’s not toxic but a little gooey!
Our daughter wound up with a bunny, our son a chick, and Mommy and me got the duckling. Mommy decided it would be a good idea to put them back in a clean bowl of warm water to let them expand even more overnight.
We didn’t solve if the chicken or egg came first, but all in all, it was a quick and fun activity to get the kids primed for Easter.
Thanks @DadandMarried for the review – it was lots of fun!
Are you looking to fill your kid’s Easter baskets with Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs? Well, I’m giving away a package of the cute critters to one lucky reader of The Harried Mom. This is a quick sweepstakes and I promise that I will have them delivered to you in plenty of time for them hatch before the Easter holiday!
Entering is easy, the drawing is open now thru Monday, March 25 at 12:00 AM, ET. You must live in the United States to enter and follow the easy giveaway rules below. The winner will be chosen at random via Rafflecopter and I will notify the winner that day via email for shipping info.
For full disclosure: I was not compensated for this post, however I did receive two complimentary Hide ‘em & Hatch ‘em Eggs packages, one for me to review and the other to giveaway. As always, the opinions expressed in this post and on The Harried Mom are all my very own and are not influenced in any way. Please do your own research before purchasing products as your opinion may differ.
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