After FINALLY getting the hatcimals just a few days before Christmas, I was anxious and excited for Christmas morning. My 5 year old screamed with excitement! The reaction I was hoping for. We took it out of the box. The eyes lit up, It started making noise immediately. We followed the color codes. Pet, nurtured, patted, "fed" it etc ... after about 35-40 mins we heard a "peck". Once again following the color codes , it turned and pecked, turned and pecked, when it stopped we'd tap the egg and it would continue its great Escape. We removed bits of shell as it went along. It took a little while, probably another 40 mins for the hatching process. Then we help lift off the top shell, broke apart the bottom half released it from the base and listened as it sang/chirped the "Happy birthday" song <3 Patience was the key. But it was fun. My oldest daughter is wanting one now to hatch!