The kindergarten principal knows a lot about Chao! If you visit him, he can explain a lot of the basics to you. However, he can't tell you everything; that's what this website is for!
All of the principal's tips have been recorded below, verbatim (word for word).
Chao are small, cute and mysterious creatures who live in the Chao garden.
Everyone loves Chao.
If you go to the Chao garden, you can raise your own Chao.
Getting to Chao Garden
To get to the Chao garden, you need the "Chao Key".
This key is hidden in each action stage.
Try finding it!
I will tell you how to raise Chao.
The eggs in the garden are Chao eggs.
They will hatch by themselves but you can also help it hatch by holding it.
Your Chao's personality will change depending on how the egg is hatched.
Try different ways to raise your Chao!
Chao love to eat tree fruits.
Chao grow healthy by eating tree fruits.
Getting Tree fruits
You can find the fruits in trees in the garden.
Press B Button to grab a tree and use the Control Stick to shake it.
The tree fruits will fall to the ground.
Small Animals & Chaos Drives
Have you seen the small animals?
Small animals are hidden in the action stages.
Give the animals to Chao and watch them change or learn special abilities!
Besides small animals, there are Chaos Drives in the action stages.
Give them to your Chao and they will change.
Depending on what kind of animals or color of Chaos Drives you give them, they will change.Try all kinds of combinations!
The small animals may be hiding in many places, so try your best finding them all!
There are three different Chao gardens.
Chao will grow up differently in each garden.
At first, only one garden is open.
To get to the other two gardens, there are some special requirements.
Have you seen all three gardens?
Caring for Chao 1
Chao love to be held or petted.
Caring for Chao 2
Only pet your Chao when it's good and don't spoil your Chao or it may turn out to be naughty.
Sometimes spoiled rotten Chao are still cute, though.
You will be able to tell it's mating season when you see flowers blooming around your Chao.
Mate them and they may lay eggs.
Tree fruits 1
Chao love to eat tree fruits.
There are different fruits.
Try them and see which fruits are best.
Tree fruits 2
Chao gain stamina when they eat tree fruits.
Your Chao's chances of winning Chao races and karate increase when they have more stamina.
Trees and Seeds 1
There are two different type of trees in the Chao garden.
One grows in the garden and never dies.
Other types of trees grow from the seeds that you can buy in the Black Market.
These trees grow and later die.
Trees and Seeds 2
How to plant the seeds? Well, that's a secret!
Trees and Seeds 3
You can plant up to 7 trees in each garden.
You will not be able to plant any seeds after 7 trees are growing in the garden.
Mysteriously, time passes only when you are in the garden.
Therefore, you can raise your Chao at your own pace in each garden even if you have more than one garden to take care of.
Your Chao can learn many skills which can be checked.
Remember the higher your Chao's skill rating is, the greater your chances are of winning Chao Races or Karate.
Your Chao's level increases when you give them small animals and Chaos drives.
When Chao levels-up, its skill increases.
Each Chao's skill increase is different even when given the same animals and Chaos drives.
The reason is that the skill increase of each Chao is based on their ability.
You can check your Chao's ability by reading its medical chart at the Health Center.
Each Chao has its own potential for ability.
Ability has 6 rankings S, A, B, C, D, and E. Rank S is the highest.
The higher the ability ranking, the greater the increase in skill.
Each Chao is born with its own ability ranking, but there are also other ways to increase it.
Have fun experimenting with your Chao.
Toys are the prizes you get for winning Chao Races or Chao Karate tournaments.
Chao love toys, so raise your Chao to win a grand prize!
Have you seen that machine in the garden?
Well, that's the Chao transporter.
Using the Chao Transporter
This machine allows you to take your Chao to other Chao gardens in a different Memory Card, or drop off your Chao into the Game Boy Advance "Tiny Chao Garden".
Isn't that cool?
Tiny Chao Garden 1
In order to go to the Tiny Chao Garden, you need the NINTENDO GAMECUBE Game Boy Advance Cable to connect the Game Boy Advance to the Nintendo GameCube.
Tiny Chao Garden 2
Insert Game Boy Advance Cable into Controller Socket 2, 3 or 4 and turn the power on.
If you have software other than Sonic Advance in the Game Boy Advance, you can not drop off your Chao to the Tiny Chao Garden.
If you Sonic Advance in Game Boy Advance, select Tiny Chao Garden from the menu to drop off your Chao.
Tiny Chao Garden 3
When you are ready, just hold your Chao and stand on the red button on the Chao transporter and then select "Drop off" from the menu and then select the Game Boy Advance to take your Chao with you.
The Chao copy will be transported to the Tiny Chao Garden.
A Chao copy goes to the Tiny Chao Garden as your Chao remains in the Chao garden.
It may look like there are two of the same Chao but after coming back from the Chao Tiny Garden your Chao will have leveled up!
However, if you have Sonic Advance, you can take your Chao with you instead of its copy when you go to the Tiny Chao Garden.
More about this in the "About Sonic Advance" section.
Tiny Chao Garden will disappear if you turn your Game Boy Advance off.
So don't turn the power off, but use the sleep mode when you take it with you.
Please remember that when you use Sleep Mode, the batteries will still lose some power.
There is also a special way to deal with the power.
More about this in the "About Sonic Advance" section.
If you accidently turn off the power, your Chao will remain in the Chao garden.
But your Chao copy will disappear along with the ability that your Chao copy leaned while it was in the Tiny Chao Garden. Keep this in mind.
Tiny Chao Garden
The appearance of your Chao in the Chao Tiny Garden is different compared to being in the Chao garden in the Nintendo GameCube.
You Chao will look like a child Chao.
But don't worry. As soon as your Chao returns to the Chao garden it will return to being a normal Chao.
About Sonic Advance 1
Here is a tip to help you not to worry about the power when you go to the Tiny Chao Garden.
Sonic Advance for the Game Boy Advance has a built-in Tiny Chao Garden.
So if you have Sonic Advance, you can save your Chao while in the Tiny Chao Garden.
Your Chao won't disappear even if the power is turned off.
About Sonic Advance 2
Something to keep in mind when you have Sonic Advance and go to the Tiny Chao Garden.
When you go to the Tiny Chao Garden, select "Tiny Chao Garden" on the Sonic Advance title screen. Then use the Chao transporter.
Otherwise your Chao won't be able to go to the Tiny Chao Garden in Sonic Advance.
It's simple so keep this in mind.
The secret of Sonic Advance
There is a rumor that there are some eggs you can get only in the Tiny Chao Garden.
It's kind of exciting, isn't it?
When you use the Chao transporter, you will notice "Good-bye" in the menu.
Select this if you have too many Chao to take care of.
You may have to say good-bye to some of your Chao.
Once you say good-bye to you Chao, he will voyage to a faraway forest and live happily.
But it can be very sad to let some of your Chao go.
Try to keep all of your Chao as long as possible.
Have you been to the Black market?
The Black market is a secret store that sells rare items and Chao eggs.
The Black market is somewhere in this kindergarten.
You may want to visit after collecting enough rings because you chances of getting rarer items will increase. Also try collecting a lot of emblems.
At the fortune-telling house, Your Chao may receive a new name.
You won't get your fortune told here, but it's fun to get a lucky name for your Chao.
Getting to Chao Stadium
Did you notice that cave by the waterfall in the Chao garden?
This cave is the entrance to the Chao stadium.
Chao Races and Karate tournaments are held in the Chao Stadium.
If your Chao wins a race or tournament it will earn a prize or medal.
Here are some tips to win the Chao race.
To win you will need good skills, plenty of stamina and your support.
Remember to give your Chao a lot of animals and the Chaos drives to increase their skills.
For stamina, you need to feed them a lot of tree fruits.
To cheer for your Chao, press A Button.
If you cheer on your Chao too much, your Chao's stamina will decrease.
Remember to check the stamina gauge and try pacing yourself.
Select "Party Race" to start a race with up to 4 players.
Everyone can bring their favorite Chao to compete in the race.
Chao Karate is a battle for Chao masters.
It's a one-on-one battle that we call Chao Karate.
Rules of Chao Karate are simple.
If your Chao starts crying or falls out of the ring, your Chao loses.
Chao will cry when its stamina decreases.
Check your stamina gauge during the battle.
Your Chao will be in a bad mood if his opponent attacks him.
When the mood gauge drops, your Chao will get discouraged and will begin playing around.