I was a bit worried when this little bird family turned up through the post because they were SO pink. H does tend to avoid things of the pink variety. In fact, he was so excited by them that the pinkness of them didn’t come into it.
It’s very easy to get started. Literally out of the packaging and go. There are on and off buttons on the chests of the birds.
Playing is easy and there are a few ways to do it. If you stroke the mother owl, she will hoot or sing children’s songs and nursery rhymes to you. The more you touch her, the happier she will be and she will sing for longer.
H’s favourite thing was the record button on the front which is easy to press to make your own recording. Record your voice after she hoots and she record about 10 seconds of your voice. To playback, just press the button again quickly. Each time you record, it erases the previous message, so you can keep recording new phrases. The volume of the owl is set and is at a good level, not too quiet and not too loud either. You can imagine the fun that he’s had with this. Our owl has been quoting from H’s favourite TV programmes; she’s insulted me; and she’s giggled too.
Baby owl likes being fed by mother owl. If you place them together and tilt mother owl’s body down so that their beaks line up, you can get mother owl to feed baby. Baby owl will eat away and burp when she is full. They will then both sing a happy song.
Both will fall asleep after half an hour without being interacted with, but you can wake them up at any time by pressing the button on mother owl’s chest or by placing the baby in your hands for a cuddle. It is a bit odd to have a bird chirping to you when you get back from the school run I found and I think I’d prefer it if they went to sleep a bit quicker.
H has had a lot of fun with these and they have been a big hit.