The beloved Elmo has returned. Many of you will remember the Tickle me Elmo Craze 10 years ago (was it really that long ago?) and now the talk of Sesame Street is the New Big Hugs Elmo. It’s a large toy, that will have your child wanting to cuddle Elmo. It is best suited for children older than three. It’s size can be intimidating for the younger years.
Elmo loves and receives hugs. He moves his arms, dances and plays astronauts or rabbits. You have to see it to believe it. He is easily activated by pressing his left foot and his belly. Big Hugs Elmo will ask for hugs. Hug him too tight and he will tell you that you are hugging him too tight. When it’s nap time (the best time of the day for any parent) Elmo will sing a lullaby and even makes sleeping sound effects. Yeah Elmo.
Elmo has 50 animated sounds and phrases. The favourite is “Elmo loves getting hugs from you,” There is no volume control but this toy is not too loud, not too soft. When Elmo receives a nice hug he hugs back and speaks phrases or sings about hugging.
Elmo is durable but if it is a super plush soft toy you are searching for then you may be surprised to know that although his fur is soft, you can feel the “parts” inside. You can feel the stiff mechanical arms and legs. Not sure if it is plastic or metal but you can feel them quite easily. The same goes for the computer control in the tummy area and the battery compartment. So, if your child is a toy swinger and throws toys around without a thought of where they might land, like on their head, caution should be taken. This toy has some hard plastic parts that could hurt the wild wee ones. It takes 4 AA batteries to bring Big Hugs Elmo to life. Insertion of the batteries can be tricky, have some patience in hand before attempting. A warning to help Elmo live longer says “Store Elmo on his back or upright position with arms in natural resting protection. IMPORTANT: Do not leave Elmo with arms bent for long periods of time”.
Some Big Hugs Elmo Highlights
Pretend with 4 fun imagination scenarios about astronauts, rabbits, frogs and horses.
Lay Elmo down and he gets sleepy and sings a lullaby.
Move Elmo around and see how he responds.
Dance and sing with Elmo.
Hug your Big Hugs Elmo toy and he really hugs back.
Big Hugs Elmo is a highly rated toy. It is a large toy and not as soft and cuddly as a plush toy. Elmo has great animatronics, movement, songs and phrases. Be careful of the “hardness” of some inner parts as they could hurt a child if thrown at others or themselves.
Big Hugs Elmo strongly encourages and supports imaginative play, affection and care, and physical movement. These are all essential to growth and development. When Elmo speaks his mouth moves and his mouth’s movement were quite in sync with his words, phrases or songs.. Be prepared for travels as this two foot tall furry critter will be taken everywhere. Elmo is a positive toy that is a welcome reminder that your child can always find a hug. After all, everyone loves Elmo.