What It Is
Sidekix are soft balls that can be unzipped to turn into six-inch stuffed animals. The Animal Jam Sidekix are based on the popular AnimalJam.com, National Geographic's online interactive animal world that introduces kids 5–11 to animals, endangered species, and nature. There are six Animal Jam Sidekix to collect: fox, panda, giraffe, wolf, crocodile, and tiger. Each is sold separately and comes with a special hangtag offering free Animal Jam memberships, tokens, and/or special codes for play time on the site. The Animal Jam Sidekix also come with a removable clip so that kids can attach their Sidekix to a backpack or belt loop and take it anywhere. Inside the front paws of each Animal Jam Sidekix are internal magnets so that kids can stick these soft toys to lockers, refrigerators, or any metal surface.
Why It’s Fun
Animal Jam Sidekix can be played with two ways. As soft balls, kids can kick, throw, and catch them. As animals, kids can cuddle up with them and use them as dolls for imaginative play. Fans of AnimalJam.com will like seeing the animals from the site come to life in these two-in-one toys.
Who It’s For
Animal Jam Sidekix are not age-graded, but the Animal Jam website is geared toward kids 5–11. We think that because of the website's age range and the inclusion of magnets, Animal Jam Sidekix are best for kids 4 and up.
What To Be Aware Of
AnimalJam.com is COPPA compliant, but it is still recommended that parents monitor their children's online activities.
Additional non-Animal Jam Sidekix are also available in themes such as safari, backyard, mythical, and endangered.