Both of my kids have very active imaginations, and pretend play is one of their favorite ways to spend their time together as siblings. After my daughter received her new pet, Pumpkin, the two became inseparable. She brings her along on every car trip regardless of the length and I’ve often overheard her telling her brother that Pumpkin is her real pet. My son, although he knows differently, has been spotted trying to get Pumpkin to wag her tail and shortly after my daughter received her, he added Zoomer Interactive Dino and Zoomer Interactive Puppy to his Christmas list.
Interactive toys have been engaging children for years, and once again, Walmart’s tiniest but most important test group confirmed this fact. When I finally showed my son Zoomer Interactive Dino, I could see the excitement in his eyes as we began opening and setting up this play pet with a dino-sized personality. Zoomer Interactive Dino includes a controller and a USB cable to charge the alkaline battery that makes him chomp and roar. Once charged (indicated by his green eyes), kids can begin interacting and attempting to tame Boomer.
Initially, my son began taming Boomer with the included controller but found it much more exciting to use his hand after a friend showed him how to control the dino in this way. Boomer can detect when my son is near him and his sounds and movements mimic what I expect a real dinosaur to behave like.
Along with getting Boomer to chase, chomp and roar, he can also be trained to dance, spin around, sit, speak, and whip his tail. Kids know when Boomer is angry by the red color of his eyes and this is often elicited by a pull of his tail. Like people, his eyes are the window to his soul and you’ll be able to determine when he is being trained (purple), when he is in training mode (blue), and when he is ready for play (green). If you’re familiar with the Zoomer line, you’ll notice that Boomer features the latest True Balance Technology (not present in other pets) which allows him to balance perfectly on two wheels. Since this mechanism is delicate, I have been teaching my son to be gentle with Boomer since he really can’t be thrown around like conventional toys. While Boomer isn’t a real animal, there are principles of responsibility and animal personalities that children can learn from interactive pets.
Zoomer Interactive Dino retails for $79.88 and is available at Walmart. You can also check out Walmart’s entire line of Interactive Toys on Walmart.com which include the Deluxe Light Up Flutterbye Fairy (who is also topping my daughter’s list) and LeapFrog LeapTV.
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