Ella and Motley

PRINCESS Ella crept out from her bedroom one night this week with Motley (the charming name for her new Zhu Zhu pet) in hand. “Mum, he’s making too much noise and just won’t go to sleep. Can you look after him for me?’’ She then turned on her heel and proceeded back to bed. Meanwhile, Motley sat on the kitchen bench making “squee…..squee-squee…..squee’’ noises for the next three minutes.

Ella has always wanted a pet, but The Bloke in The Shed isn’t keen. The other day, when the topic once again turned to getting a pet, I asked “well, what pet do you want?’’

“A giraffe,’’ she said. Oh, of course, what a perfect choice.

“And where would we put him?’’ I asked.

“In the back yard,’’ she said, matter of factly. Silly mum. Where else would you put him?

So since Motley arrived she’s been beside herself. Finally she has her own pet – a hamster – who squees like a blogger, runs around the kitchen like a mad mother and can even power his own Drive-In Movie (well, I can do that too. It’s called a remote and a bean bag).

Ella had a choice between a blue or green hamster. And the Drive-In Movie or the Adventure Ball. She chose the blue one and the movie. I think she thought Mary Poppins might be showing.

Watching a movie together

Motley, her great new companion, is causing plenty of giggles as he chases her around the kitchen. However, there is one slight downside to Motley. My malting hair on the carpet (thanks to breastfeeding hormones) isn’t a good mix with Motley’s little wheels. So he’s a kitchen and dining room pet only. And he chatters a lot. Nearly as much as his owner. Although, thankfully his chatter is at a few decibels lower.

Zhu Zhu pets, voted Australian Toy of the Year Winner for Girls, are a great idea for children 3 years-plus looking for their own “pet’’. I can imagine quite a few boys would enjoy this toy too and all its accessories. He’s the size of a real hamster, a similar weight and makes rather cute noises (if I’m honest) when you press his nose or back – the back button also activates his little wheels. And boy, does he move fast, darting backwards if he runs into a wall (or Mum’s foot). In all, he’s just plain fun.

While there’s quite a lot of Zhu Zhu’s to choose from

there’s just as many accessories and playsets too.

The Zhu Zhu Pets retail for $20 each and the accessories range in price. They are available at Target, Kmart, Big W, Toys R Us and all major toy retailers.

You must be wondering what we’re going to do with the extra hamster and Adventure Ball.

The prize!

Well, your little one has the chance to win them.

To go in the draw to win a Zhu Zhu Pet and Adventure Ball accessory, leave a comment telling us your favourite toy as a child (even if it was a box and string!). The giveaway closes Sunday, August 7 at 7pm and a winner will be drawn randomly and announced on this blog and via Facebook and Twitter. Australian residents only. Limit of three entries.

Want extra entries? Then here’s how you can up your chances in the draw. Each task is worth one extra entry, but must be included as a separate comment (or it won’t count).

  1. Click the Facebook button below and share this giveaway with your Facebook friends. Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Facebook’’.
  2. Click the Twitter button below and share this giveaway with your Twitter followers (Twitter handle is @ThreeLil). Then leave a separate comment saying something along the lines of “I’ve shared this on Twitter’’.

**DISCLAIMER: I received a Zhu Zhu pet and Drive In Movie accessory for review. All opinions expressed are purely my own.

For another chance to win, check out Naomi’s blog. She has a pet and another rather cool accessory to give away.

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135 Responses to WIN: Zhu Zhu pet and Adventure Ball review and giveaway

  1. Chont says:

    My favourite toy was a small remte controlled robot. Wasn’t into girly things, so this was fun for me.

  2. Chont says:

    Have shared on FB (Chon Ky)

  3. I have only brothers and grew up on a farm in the middle of no where. My favourite toys were match box cars. 🙂

  4. I’ve shared this on Twitter!

  5. Lionesslady says:

    My favourite toy was always my fisher price school house – which I still have in my daughters room! It had this sweet little roundabout and swings and school desks and a foldout chalkboard and a school bell and a tray of alphabet lettters…. I could go on!

  6. Barbara says:

    Barbie dolls

  7. Sarah asome says:

    My glow worm which I found recently and it still works!

  8. Sonja says:

    My favourite toy as a child was a rope, tied to a gum tree (by my 12 yr old brother) in our backyard. Probably not the safest toy, but my brothers and i spent many days climbing halfway up the tree, only to grab the rope and swing out! Memories for a lifetime!

  9. Belinda says:

    Barbie dolls and a box of tissues – I would make all of Barbies clothes out of tissues – she always looked beautiful in white.

  10. Belinda says:

    Shared on Facebook!

  11. My favorite toys as a kid were my 2 cabbage patch dolls, De-neice and De-nephew, not quite sure what i was thinking…

  12. Sarah says:

    My favourite toy was my Baby Alive doll. I’m still annoyed to this day that my younger siblings “fed” her lollies & she never worked again 🙁

  13. melanie w says:

    My fave to was a doll that sang happy birthday and walked by herselfI loved her to death unfortunately :0(

  14. Blondtress says:

    My favourite toy was my teddy – JJ, he went everywhere with me all the way up until I was 18, even overseas!

  15. Blondtress says:

    I have shared this on Twitter

  16. Blondtress says:

    I have shared this on Facebook

  17. CaZ says:

    Oh yes please. Biggest pink has one. (Snowball) but middle pinks is hankering. She almost bought one with her pocket money this week – but was just a tad short.

    My favourite toy was my pony (vicki). Being a farmer’s daughter it was almost compulsary to have a pony. She died when I was 18 and doing my final VCE exams. (They didn’t tell me until the next week as they didn’t want to distract me) so she was around my entire childhood. Loved her to bits!!

  18. CaZ says:

    Have tweeted this!!

  19. CaZ says:

    have facebooked too. (yes I really want to win this zhu zhu pet!!)

  20. Ash Mack says:

    The rubiks cube. I spent hours on it. Very fond memories.

  21. I was obsessed with Webby from DuckTales when I was little. So much so, that my Poppa would make me ‘makeshift’ Webby’s several times a day out of balloons and would draw faces on them. Naturally, me being a small child, my Webby’s would pop and need constant replacing. The day he found a plush Webby doll and bought he for me, despite her being incredibly expensive was the happiest day of my life. I still remember it, and I was 3 at the time.

  22. Shared on Twitter.!


  23. Veronica says:

    Is it weird that I can’t remember my favourite toy? I was always a book sort of girl, so books were my big thing.

  24. Mandy says:

    Oh I loved barbie, my daughter doesn’t seemed to have attracted the same faciniation I had with her, but that’s ok.

  25. Amy says:

    My favourite toy when I was a kid was either a Punky Brewster doll or a Care Bear. I still have both now and my little miss plays with then often.

  26. Amy says:

    Have shared this on facebook

  27. Amy says:

    have tweeted too 🙂

  28. sarah says:

    i shared on facebook!

  29. Deb says:

    My cabbage patch doll, which I still have today even his birth certificate.

  30. Deb says:

    shared on FB also:)

  31. Cheryle says:

    My Favourite Toy – Must have Been teddy Rumskin , Who Maya now has along with many of my Childhood toys . We too are a petless house hold all our pets live on the Grandparents farm where i cannot forget them .

  32. katepickle says:

    I was in love with Snoopy. I had a plush snoopy toy and a Belle too (snoopy’s girl friend) and they had clothes and I made them clothes and a house and furniture…. ah the good old days…

  33. Sarah asome says:

    My glowworm…… Still got it and it works…..

  34. melanie w says:

    Tweeted @hootylishous

  35. felicity says:

    I LOVED the ‘my child’ dolls. I wish they still sold them because I would race out and buy my daughter one 🙂

  36. Catherine says:

    Beyond a doubt my favourite toys were my Barbie dolls. I thought Barbie was so lucky to have such gorgeous outfits to wear. Even now as a grown up I dream of those spectacular ball gowns, and I sigh…..

  37. Marita says:

    My favourite toy as a child was the trees outside our house, I spent many many hours climbing them and having amazing adventures up in the trees 🙂

  38. Joanne Purnell says:

    I quite liked my Barbie and her caravan, we had many make believe adventures

  39. Leila says:

    My favourite toy was my black matchbox car with gold bird print on the bonnet (which i still have and the kids can not play with!). It used to do all manner of exciting things and take me on exciting adventures, that car teamed with books was my salvation from being an only child (and only female child in a large group of mums friends children). Of course i was only and only child until i was 13, now i’m one of 7!

  40. Ange Hamilton says:

    That would have to be my sisters barbie doll. She wasn’t so happy when I played ‘hairdresser’ and gave barbie a haircut though – haha

  41. Ange Hamilton says:

    Shared on FB

  42. angela says:

    My favourite toy was my girl doll. She was like my baby.

  43. Di says:

    My favourite toy was my Matchbox cars. I was a bit of a tomboy!

  44. Elisha says:

    My cabbage patch doll, i got her when i was 4 – and still have her ! Ugliest doll i have ever seen ! But I love her….

  45. Elisha says:

    Shared on Facebook. =)

  46. my favourite toy was my barbie bus! I loved it. Even when we went outside it used to come with me with the barbies and drive down the driveway lol

  47. just shared on twitter also

  48. Missy Boo says:

    My favourite toy as a child was definately my Barbie collection… I saved them and Miss 5 is enjoying them now 🙂

  49. Missy Boo says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook (Miss 5 is keen to add to her collection)

  50. Missy Boo says:

    I’ve shared on Twitter (Miss 5 is really keen for more)

  51. Cate says:

    My favourite toy was my rollerskating doll. You would wind her up and off she would skate.

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  53. Rachael says:

    Baby Alive she even threw tantrums

  54. Alison L says:

    My Oopsie Daisy doll!!! I still have her and love watching my kids have as much fun as I did!!

  55. Alison L says:

    Have shared on Facebook 🙂

  56. Alison L says:

    Have Tweeted xx

  57. Trace A says:

    Toss up between my Barbies & Cabbage Patch doll , I loved both 🙂

  58. Trace A says:

    Have shared on Facebook

  59. Trace A says:

    Have tweeted @cranky_mum

  60. Suzan Burge says:

    My all time favourite was a very ugly but truely beautiful purple rabbit head, I still wish I could cuddle “Buggs”.

  61. Barbara says:

    Shared FB

  62. Jasmine says:

    I love LEGO, LEGO, LEGO

  63. Karen says:

    I loved playing with my Barbies and Barbie Van I wish they still made the big vans I would love one now I mean my daughter would love one now lol.

  64. Karen says:

    Added on Facebook 🙂

  65. Karen says:

    Added on Twitter 🙂

  66. I have very little memory of when I was a child but I do remember playing with my brother’s matchbox cars even into my early teenage years.

  67. I’ve shared this on Facebook too!

  68. linda says:

    im sharing on facebook and mr 4 would love his own pet and i would love not having to feed/look after it

  69. Chris says:

    My 5-yr-old daughter would go nuts over this – she’s a complete zhu zhu fan, she even just spent her hard saved pocket money on the pink zhu zhu puppy) instead of a barbie!) My favourite toy was my tonka truck – an original indestructable that we used to test out by rolling down cliffs in the national park that backed on to our place. We never destroyed it!

  70. Wendy Hatton says:

    I remember swinging on a swing constantly. I loved it. Must have been mesmerised by the motion.

  71. Liz says:

    My favourite toy as a kid was my Minnie Mouse plushie! Bought from Disneyland California too!

  72. Belinda says:

    My favourite toy was a Lynn & Lindy doll. A pretty girl that held her baby. You’d wind her up, and she’d rock the baby and it played a lullaby. I actually still have it!

  73. bubble936 says:

    My favourite toy as a child was a doll who use to open and shut its eyes.

  74. bubble936 says:

    I have tweeted the giveaway….

  75. Kimmie says:

    My all time fav toy as a child was my Velvet doll from the Crissy grow hair range.

  76. kate says:

    My favorite toy was the sand pit. As the only girl in a family of 6, it was a great place for all of us to play, making tunnels and tracks for my brothers tonka trucks to transport barbie from place to place-it was a place we could all enjoy, in our own way together as a family.

  77. Gael Macpherson says:

    My favourite toys were usually the neighbours’ toys. They seemed to get everything WE wanted for Christmas. lol.

  78. Suzi says:

    I loved my cabbage patch doll!!

  79. suzip says:

    my barbie doll fun house

  80. Alexandra says:

    My favourite toy was Barbie (of course)! I used to have the most amazing clothes for her, and used to spend hours washing and combing her hair. I also used to make things for her, like credit cards and throw cushions!
    Thanks for a fantastic giveaway! XO

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  82. melina says:

    my fav toy was my genuine cabbage patch doll , as my mother didnt have a lot of money being a single parent i felt very privaliged to have the real ridgy didge doll i played with her every day for yrs & then she sat on my bed for many more ….. mmmmmm memories

  83. Blue Zone says:

    I’m a Barbie Girl 😛

    Funny, dad was only saying to me the other day ALL my Barbies are still in the cupboard at their house.

  84. Mel Phillips says:

    Loved digging around in the dirt with my brother’s Tonka trucks (was a bit of a tomboy)!

  85. Super Sarah says:

    I was my little pony obsessed as a child, BUT my sister and I had a favourite toy that lasted long into our teen years, we would play together for hours and even now in adulthood are still arguing over who gets it…. LEGO…. we loved lego so much!

  86. Super Sarah says:

    I tweeted this giveaway!

  87. Super Sarah says:

    And shared on facebook!

  88. Candice says:

    My favourite toy as a child was my Rainbow Bright doll that I loved and would take with me everywhere.

  89. Lisa says:

    Definitely the Dynamite doll complete with bendy legs & arms & long blonde hair. She was a great companion.

  90. Alannah says:

    My lovely yellow teddy, which is still floating around the house. He is over 40 years old! smiles

  91. Alannah says:

    I have posted on facebook, too. thanks for the chance. smiles

  92. Mel Phillips says:

    I’ve shared this comp on Facebook with my friends! Thanks!!

  93. Michelle says:

    My favorite toy was my Cabbage Patch doll. My eldest sister bought one for me and one for our other sister. I named mine Sean and my sister called hers Jessica. We now have children of our own and have passed on our ‘babies’ to our real babies!

  94. Michelle says:

    Have shared on facebook

  95. Michelle says:

    Have shared on twitter

  96. Laureny says:

    I loved my “Baby” – a dolly handmade by my granny. She was very precious indeed!

  97. Laureny says:

    Shared on twiiter!

  98. Phillip Cunningham says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook
    I’ve shared this on Twitter

    I had a Lancaster Bomber model plane that was my favourite childhood toy until one night when it crashed and burned, I set it on fire for realism. Now it would have been worth money.

  99. Agnes says:

    elmo plush! :).

  100. Penny says:

    My favourite toy/s as a child were my Cabbage Patch dolls, Cassandra & Ross … hehehe My daughter (also called Ella) now plays with them hehe xx

  101. Penny says:

    I shared this on facebook! xx

  102. Isobel Logan says:

    my favourites were the Tonka trucks that my brother and I played with in the sandpit. And, yes, I had my own trucks and bulldozer!

  103. Isobel Logan says:

    I’ve shared this on facebook!

  104. amie says:

    I was barbie fan!

  105. amie says:

    maya is a big fan of jilly and her disco room, shared on face book!!

  106. Jill Clarke says:

    I had an orange blow up bouncer thingy – I think it was called a Moon Bouncer? It looked like a big rubber balloon with handles and you bounced around on it – I just loved it!

  107. Phillip Cunningham says:

    I’ve shared this on Facebook

  108. Phillip Cunningham says:

    I’ve shared this on twitter

  109. bronnie says:

    Definitely my soft toy sausage dog. We had a real one as well!

  110. Melanie de says:

    my cupcake dolls, little dolls that turned into cupcakes. loved them

  111. One of my fave toys was my remote control barbie scooter that I still have today!Another of other faves was rainbow bright who I still have in my glory box with make up done especially by me with a texta! oops.

  112. Melanie Graham says:

    I can’t find where you posted the winner of this awesome prize. I must be blind this morning I think lol

    It says you will post it on your blog, twitter and facebook and I have checked everywhere and can’t see it.

    • Melanie Graham says:

      Sorry I just found it hehe! Needed another coffee that’s all. 😉

    • Kel says:

      Hey Melanie, I’ll post it on the Win page tonight after 7pm, as well as Facebook and Twitter. I’ll also shoot off an email to the winner… if that happens to be you!! hehe!! Good luck! xx

  113. Nicole Howartth says:

    Favourite toy was my teddy !I still have him to this day :). I took him everywhere!

  114. Nicole Howartth says:

    Shared on Facebook 🙂

  115. melanie w says:

    I had a doll that walked and sang happy birthday she was beautiful!

  116. melanie w says:

    Shared on facebook as mellie jane

  117. Debbie says:

    My fave toy as a child were my cabbage patch kids- valeska Elise and Rochelle olive! I took them every I went, much to my fathers horror lol.. They are still played with now by my 5 yr old twins. They think it’s great they have mums toys to play with!

  118. melanie w says:

    Tweeted as @hootylishous

  119. Sharyn says:

    I have Tweeted Bala50

  120. melanie w says:

    Please disreguard my to comment and twitter ones above as i just found i had already done those sorry

  121. Sharyn says:

    I have shared on FB

  122. Sharyn says:

    We were never big toy players as children we used to like Cardboard Boxes because we use to make cubbyhouses out of them, Much more exciting then some toy we lost interest in. Different story if we hd today technology an toys.. I feel like a Born again Child when I go toy shopping I want I want I want LOL

  123. Kirsty says:

    My favourite toys were barbies when I was young – and I had an old refrigerator in my cubby house to use as a barbie house!

  124. Kirsty says:

    Shared on FB as My Home Truths

  125. Kirsty says:

    Shared on Twitter @KirstyRussell

  126. Keren says:

    I loved my knuckle bones, would take them everywhere with me.

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